What is the Stockton economic empowerment demonstration?
The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, or SEED, is the nation’s first mayor-led guaranteed income initiative. A collaboration between the Office of Mayor Michael Tubbs, the Reinvent Stockton Foundation, the Economic Security Project, and the residents of Stockton, California, SEED aims to test a simple, yet innovative, solution to poverty and inequality.
In February 2019, we began giving 125 randomly selected Stocktonians a guaranteed income of $500 per month for 18 months. The cash is unconditional, meaning there are no work requirements and no restrictions on how the money can be spent.
“The income I make working full-time at a minimum wage job just isn’t enough to allow for any “extras” in life. Before the SEED program, I hadn’t been to see a doctor because I couldn’t afford health insurance. A recent illness sent me to the emergency room and now I have a bill for $1,800. The SEED income will take care of that bill. I’ve also had back-to-back car repair issues recently and the SEED income allowed me to get those needed repairs. My car gets me to my job… that’s important!”Anonymous SEED Recipient