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The evidence is overwhelming: Universal basic income works

In the past few years, aided no doubt by the economic consequences wrought by the pandemic, a few dozen cities across the country have begun basic-income programs, and the early results have been overwhelmingly positive. They’ve improved health outcomes, raised employment, and bolstered childcare opportunities for its recipients. Promising as these pilot programs are though, the chances of a truly universal basic income in America remain remote.

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    UBI ACROSS THE USA

    UBI generally refers to a recurring cash payment to all adults in a certain population, regardless of their wealth and employment status, and with no restrictions on how they spend the money.

    People are being given thousands of dollars in universal basic income trials. They mostly spend the cash wisely.

    People are being given thousands of dollars in universal basic income trials. They mostly spend the cash wisely.

    TESTIMONIALS

    UBI has been hailed as a safety net in case people lose their jobs or can't work. It’s also been a tool to combat poverty, inequality, and the pain of unemployment.

    HOW IT WORKS

    Each pilot has different funding streams, but the money often comes from foundations and federal relief funding — not just local taxpayer dollars.

    Here's where funding comes from for guaranteed basic-income programs giving money with no strings attached to low-income Americans

    Here's where funding comes from for guaranteed basic-income programs giving money with no strings attached to low-income Americans

    Many basic-income programs receive funding directly from state and local governments. Others have also pulled from federal pandemic relief funds to support participants.

    POLITICAL PUSHBACK

    Basic income faces opposition from Republican lawmakers who often cite concerns about the cost of the programs and that it incentivizes reliance on government aid.

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