On Monday, a bill that would bring universal basic income (UBI) to all Californians was introduced to the Assembly.
Assembly Bill 65, authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), would specifically create the California Universal Basic Income Program that, with taxpayer funding, would give an equal income to all Californians.
Previous attempts to bring UBI to the state level have been attempted before, including last sessions AB 2712, also authored by Low, that had fizzled out in committee without a vote.
UBI programs have been installed at the city level but have come largely without success. Stockton’s UBI pilot program has been riddled with issues and was one of the main factors in Mayor Michael Tubbs’ defeat to Republican challenger Kevin Lincoln last month. Other UBI programs have yet to start, but have decided to implement it in radically different ways. Compton’s UBI pilot program is to be funded entirely through private means while San Francisco’s program only focuses on UBI only going to artists in the city.
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