Stockton, Calif., launching nation’s first experiment in paying salary to citizens just for being alive

Stockton, Calif., launching nation’s first experiment in paying salary to citizens just for being alive
Mayor Michael Tubbs (Image: YouTube screen grab via Q&A with Stockton's Mayor-elect Michael Tubbs)

[Ed. – Every socialist’s dream.]

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.

The plan, spearheaded by Stockton’s 27-year-old mayor, Michael Tubbs, will likely begin sometime in August 2018 and involve at least 100 people of varying income levels getting $500 a month for three years.

Ever since it declared bankruptcy in 2012, Stockton has been in recovery-mode, and Tubbs sees basic income — a growing topic of discussion around the world over the past couple years — as one way to rehabilitate the city.

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In a basic income system, participants get a fixed amount of money that they can use however they want. Early research has shown that people in basic income experiments typically don’t spend this money on vices or vacations; instead, they use it to pay for things like home repairs, school expenses, and the costs of starting new businesses.

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