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Stockton’s Income Experiment Offers Residents a Glimpse of the California Dream

Michael Tubbs remembers watching his mother strain to make ends meet in his childhood home in Stockton.

$500 a month for free: Data shows how people spent the money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The first data from an experiment in a California city where needy people get $500 a month from the government shows they spend most of it on things such as food, clothing and utility bills.

Food, clothes, utilities: How people are using their cash from the country’s biggest basic income pilot

Stockton, California, has been giving some low-income residents a no-strings-attached check for $500 and tracking their spending and habits. The results: a noticeable improvement in their quality of life.

California city experiments with universal basic income 

Since February, she’s been getting $500 a month from a nonprofit in Stockton, California, as part of an experiment that offers something unusual in presidential politics: a trial run of a campaign promise, highlighting the benefits and challenges in real time. 

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.