See what the media has been saying about the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration 


Stockton to pilot ‘basic income’ experiment

by Roger Phillips, Stockton Record

STOCKTON — A consortium of policy experts, researchers and academics has awarded $1 million to Stockton to fund an experiment that aims to assess the social benefits of providing a guaranteed monthly income for one or more years to a tiny segment of the city’s residents, Mayor Michael Tubbs announced Wednesday...


A California city is launching the first US experiment in basic income — and residents will get $6,000 a year

by Chris Weller, Business Insider

Stockton, California is expected to become the first US city to launch an experiment in universal basic income, a system of wealth distribution in which people receive a set amount of money just for being alive....


Stockton Hoping ‘Guaranteed Income’ Program Will Help its Residents

by Kay Recede, FOX-40

STOCKTON --  The city of Stockton is exploring how a guaranteed income could help its residents.

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs says the groundbreaking pilot program will offer select families $500 a month -- no strings attached...


Next Year, a Californian City Will Launch the First Basic Income Experiment in the U.S. 

by Dom Galeon, Futurism

Stockton, California, is about to become the first city to test government-supported universal basic income in the U.S. The program is the idea of the city's 27-year-old mayor and will be primarily funded by the basic income advocacy group Economic Security Project...

Stockton families to get free monthly cash as part of Mayor's initiative

by Kurt Rivera, ABC-10

With three children, Sonia Castillo knows exactly what she could do with an extra $500 a month.
"The bills and stuff for the kids," said Castillo.
Living on just $495 a month in low income housing, she says it's a challenge...


Basic Income Isn't Just About Robots, Says Mayor Who Just Launched Pilot Program

by Caroline O'Donovan, BuzzFeed

The idea of basic income — in which the government gives all citizens a small monthly stipend — has grown popular in tech circles, not in the least because it's seen as a possible solution to the looming problem of robots, artificial intelligence, and automation taking jobs away from human workers.


Free Money at the Edge of the Tech Boom

by Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

The latest experiment in a universal basic income will be coming to Stockton, California, in the next year.

With $1 million in funding from the tech industry–affiliated Economic-Security Project, the Stockton Economic-Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) will be the country’s first municipal pilot program. 


Free cash for everyone? Stockton, Calif.'s mayor plans to see if it works

by Lydia DePillis, CNN Money

Tubbs' mother worked long hours as a cashier at a Discovery Zone and still had to borrow from check cashing places to get by. "If we had $300 a month, life would be less stressful, or we could move into another neighborhood," Tubbs says. "Maybe she would've been able to go back to school and get her BA, or pursue a passion... 

3 years ago, Stockton, California, was bankrupt. Now it's trying out a basic income.

by Dylan Matthews, Vox

Next year, a random sample of the 300,000 residents of Stockton, a port city in California’s Central Valley, will get $500 per month ($6,000 a year) with no strings attached...


Stockton To Pilot Guaranteed Income Program For Some Residents

by Rich Ibarra, Capital Public Radio

Stockton could become the first city in the nation to give some of its poorer citizens a $500 a month basic income, Mayor Michael Tubbs announced Wednesday.

“This is not a handout, it’s a hand up," Tubbs said. "You can’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don’t have boots...


This California city's 27-year-old mayor will give residents $500 free cash per month

by Catherine Clifford, CNBC

A two-hour drive from the tech-fueled riches of San Francisco, Stockton, Calif., is a completely different world from its Silicon Valley neighbor. But the small city is taking a big bet to try to fix its lagging economy with a strategy that many of the tech elite have been largely only pontificating about: universal basic income...


Mayor Michael Tubbs Pilots Universal Basic Income In Stockton

by Chris Remington, Capital Public Radio 

Stockton’s city government will become the first in the country to pilot a universal basic income program. Funded through a tech research organization, 25-75 families will receive a $500 stipend over the course of one to three years...

A Universal Basic Income Would Set the Terms of a Progressive Agenda

A Universal Basic Income Would Set the Terms of a Progressive Agenda

by Aleta Sprague, New America

On a recent Thursday night at the San Francisco Mint—a building that once housed one-third of the nation’s wealth—27-year-old Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs announced a bold, new plan to meet a critical need in his community: a guaranteed income pilot, the first municipal demonstration of its kind... 

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Stockton Gets Ready to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

by Sam Harnett

Wage stagnation. Rising housing prices. Loss of middle-class jobs. The looming threat of automation. These are some of the problems facing Stockton and its residents, but the city’s mayor, Michael Tubbs, says his city is far from unique.

“I think Stockton is absolutely ground zero for a lot of the issues we are facing as a nation,” Tubbs said...

Mayor Michael Tubb's
Appearance on HLN


Michael Tubbs is on a mission to save his hometown

by Angélica M Casas and Franz Strasser

Michael Tubbs grew up in what was once described as the country's most miserable city. Now he's in charge.

Mayor Tubbs' Appearance on NPR's All Things Considered

Mayor Tubbs' appearance on CBS THIS Morning