Pittsburgh launches ‘guaranteed income’ program with money from Jack Dorsey

Pittsburgh launches ‘guaranteed income’ program with money from Jack Dorsey
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO (Image: YouTube screen grab via New York Times)

[Ed. – Is Dorsey planning to run for high office? If not, what’s the catch?]

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced that his city is now participating in a program receiving funding from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, in which eligible residents will receive $500 in monthly “guaranteed income.”

The money used to start the program will come from funds Dorsey gave that is allowing Pittsburgh and 15 other cities to help those who are struggling during the economic crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

“A number of people in the city of Pittsburgh will be chosen to be able to receive a monthly stipend, basically a debit card,” Peduto told KDKA. He did not specify how many people would qualify, but he did outline the criteria he would look at.

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Peduto said that he wants to give the monthly payments to those who are currently struggling and who would be able to improve their lives with it.

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