SACRAMENTO, California – California lawmakers on Thursday approved the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the United States, with no restrictions on those who have recently spent 35 35 million in cash to qualify pregnant and young adults.
Bilateral support has been shown for a perception that the country is gaining momentum with a vote of 36-06 in the Senate and 04-01 in the Legislative Assembly. Dozens of local programs have sprung up in recent years, some of which have been privately funded, making it easier for elected officials to sell the idea to the public.
The California plan could be taxpayer-funded and inspire other states to follow its lead.
Senate Republican leader Scott Wilk said, “If you look at the statistics of our adopted youth, they will be devastating.” “We should try our best to develop these young people.”
Local governments and agencies will apply for funding and run their programs.
The state’s social services department will decide who will receive funding. California lawmakers left it to local officials to determine the size of the monthly payment, which can typically range from $ 500 to হাজার 1,000 on existing programs across the country.
Federal Child Tax Credit
The vote came on the same day as millions of parents began paying their first monthly payments through a temporary expansion of the federal child tax credit as a form of guaranteed income.
“Things are moving fast now, things are moving fast,” said Michael Tobbs, an adviser to Governor Gavin News, who was a trailblazer when he launched the Guaranteed Income Program as mayor of Stockton. “The next stop is the federal government.”
For decades, most government assistance programs have had strict rules about how money can be spent, usually limiting the benefits of things like food or housing. But a guaranteed income program pays people without any rules on how to spend it. The idea is to reduce the stress of poverty which causes health problems and makes it more difficult for people to find and continue to find work.
“It changes the philosophy from‘ big brother government that knows what’s best for you, ’” said Senator Dave Cortez, a Democratic president in San Jose. “We as a state and as a people have a lot to deal with this population. Look at failure. Half of them don’t get their high school diplomas, let alone their age. “
But critics such as Bakersfield’s Republican Assemblyman Vince Fong say guaranteed income programs “reduce incentives to work and increase reliance on government.”
There is no job training, no skill development
“We should impose policies that encourage the value of work,” said Fong, who abstained from voting on Thursday. “Guaranteed income does not provide the training and skills required for upward movement.”
Guaranteed income programs date back to the 18th century. Even the US government experimented with them in the 1960s and 1970s before the Nixon administration favored them.
Recently, however, guaranteed income programs have been making a comeback. The program has been announced in New Orleans; Oakland, California; Tacoma, Washington; Gainesville, Florida; And Los Angeles, the second largest city in the country, which plans to give হাজার 1,000 a month to 2,000 needy families.
The state wants to target money in programs that help pregnant women and older adults from foster care to move on from their own lives. Benefits include people like Naihla de Jesus, who was removed from her mother’s custody at age 17 and a Bounced between living with aunt, a godmother and boyfriend until she landed on a transitional housing program.
Last year, at the age of 24, he was disqualified from the program, which usually ended his government support as an adopted child. Instead Santa Clara County taxpayers have been paying him মাসে 1,000 a month with no restrictions on how he can spend it as part of a guaranteed income-generating program targeting former foster care children.
Jesus is also taking care of his 9-year-old brother as a temporary guardian while fighting anxiety and depression. He said his condition made it difficult for him to keep his job because some days he would not have the strength to get out of bed and go to work.
In the workshop
Now, he has a full-time job as a client support specialist at the Bill Wilson Center, where he works with young people who are in situations like his. He says he was not as concerned about money as before and wants to save most of what he gets from the Guaranteed Income Program. He used some of it to buy things for his brother, whose interest in expensive electronics grew with age.
And he used this money to save for his “dream car”, a blue Subaru WRX down payment.
“I’m proud of myself, I’m where I am,” he said. “I don’t have to stress and then isolate myself and encourage myself, ‘Oh, I don’t get enough money to pay rent or phone bills.’ ‘”
The county has so far spent $ 1.4 million on the Santa Clara County program. Participants receive money on a debit card, which they can use to make purchases or withdraw money from ATMs. County officials have asked to complete their survey to observe how they are doing, but they have not completed any detailed analysis, said Melania Jimenez Perez, who oversees the program.
An analysis of a guaranteed program in Stockton found that full-time employment among participants increased after the first year of receiving the money.