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Stockton Extends its Universal Basic Income Pilot

A pioneering universal basic income pilot in the low-income California city was scheduled to expire soon. But the coronavirus crisis made the case to extend it.

Universal Basic Income is a Path to a More Just Economy. One California City is Already Seeing Positive Results. 

The pandemic is making it clear that it’s time to radically rethink the social contract.

Opinion: Americans need more than a $1,200 check. A guaranteed basic income is the stimulus we deserve

Stockton, Calif. Mayor Tubbs: ‘I know basic income is right for the moment because I’ve tried it’

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.

The first major basic income trial in the US just announced how it plans to give away free money

Stockton, California — which announced plans last year to start the first major basic income pilot in the United States — will kick off its 18-month trial period in February 2019, Mayor Michael Tubbs announced Monday.

Stockton mayor combats poverty with innovative and controversial program

In 2012, Stockton, California, filed for bankruptcy, and was one of Forbes’ “Most Miserable Cities in America.” Stockton is now ranked the second most fiscally-healthy city in the state. But nearly one in four people live below the poverty line.

California city to give some families $500 a month

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A California city plans to give several dozen families $500 a month for a year as part of a program to study the economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income.

Stockton To Pilot Guaranteed Income Program For Some Residents

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.

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

As a kid growing up in Stockton, California, a little extra money would’ve meant the world to Michael Tubbs’ family.

In Silicon Valley, Basic Income Gets Serious

This week, I had the pleasure of attending a conference entirely dedicated to Silicon Valley’s hot new topic, basic income.

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

The idea of universal basic income is popular in Silicon Valley because it’s seen as a potential solution to job losses in the age of automation.

Free Money at the Edge of the Tech Boom

A 27-year-old mayor is implementing a $1 million experiment in guaranteed income for residents of a poor city just outside the Bay Area.

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

A city on the outskirts of Silicon Valley is using Facebook money to fund a basic income trial.

This U.S. City Will Give Its Poorest People $500 a Month — No Strings Attached

The mayor of Stockton, Calif. wants to provide a universal basic income for the city’s poorest residents.

A California city is launching the first US experiment in basic income — meet the 27-year-old mayor behind it

Stockton, California made national news last October when it announced it would host the first US experiment in basic income, a system of wealth distribution in which people receive a standard salary just for being alive.

This 27-Year-Old Mayor Is Giving Away Money to Realize MLK’s Last, Most Radical Dream

Soon after Michael Tubbs was sworn in as mayor of Stockton, Calif., he set his first objective: Disrupt the status quo.

The California Mayor Who Wants to Give His Constituents $500 a Month

His universal basic income program is designed to help alleviate the financial woes of his city’s working poor.