[Ed. – It’s an indictment for the concept of poorly-assimilated immigration, that one of the leading advocates in Chicago is making his argument based on a colonial-era cultural perception of how the Brits treated Hindus and Muslims decades ago. A core principle of American political philosophy is that we shouldn’t make fundamental laws based on such specialized considerations. And it’s a particular feature of American philosophy that the remedy for mistreatment under colonialism is not more government intervention, but LESS.]
[T]he hope is that because UBI is a universal initiative, it will avoid some of the stigma associated with need-based programs, which have historically been criticized as handouts to the “undeserving” poor.
Pawar recently introduced a pilot for a UBI program in Chicago. Under his program, $500 a month would be delivered to 1,000 Chicago families — no strings attached. Additionally, the proposal would modify the Earned Income Tax Credit program for the same 1,000 families, so they’d receive payments on a monthly basis instead at the end of the year — a process known as “smoothing” that enables families to integrate the tax credit into their monthly budgets.
The proposal also leaves room for the creation of a Chicago-specific EITC program.
Pawar has convinced the majority of Chicago lawmakers to co-sponsor the plan, and he is hoping that the Chicago City Council will soon work with the mayor to implement it.