A Young Mayor Makes the Case for a Guaranteed Income
Once a skeptic, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs is now overseeing a radical anti-poverty program.
Low-Income Stockton Residents Praise City’s ‘Universal Basic Income’ Program
Stockton has made resident Tomas Vargas a guarantee: The city will pay him $500 a month, for free, more or less no strings attached.
The City That’s Giving People Money
Is Maggie Denang deserving of your money? How about Tomas Vargas Jr.?
Denang and Vargas are residents of Stockton, a high-poverty city on the outskirts of the Bay Area’s technology-and-wealth boom. They are also participants in a much publicized, pathbreaking project, the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration…
125 residents of this city got hundreds a month in free money — here’s what happened
Groceries, electricity bills, tuition and kids’ tutoring fees: These are some of the recurring costs that Stockton, California, resident Tomas Vargas Jr. can now afford thanks to the $500 per month he’s receiving from the local government.
Stockton woman says guaranteed income program has been life changing
$500 a month with no strings attached. More than 100 Stockton residents are getting just that as part of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, or SEED, Guaranteed Income Program.
No strings: Stockton gives some residents $500 a month
The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration is testing out universal basic income by giving 125 people $500 a month until next summer.
Free Cash to Fight Income Inequality? California City is First in the U.S. to Try
This town in California’s Central Valley has long functioned as a display case for wrenching troubles afflicting American life: The housing bust that turned Stockton into an epicenter of a national foreclosure disaster and plunged the city into bankruptcy. The homeless people clustered in tents along the railroad tracks. Boarded-up storefronts on cracked sidewalks. Gang violence.