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Thousands of families get $1,000 a month

Interest in programs that promise guaranteed income levels to recipients in participating cities — also known as a universal basic income or guaranteed income program — has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s probably at least partly the result of people seeing the fruits of this sort of thing for themselves. In the past, people may have looked at them mainly through a political lens. While as a result it was much easier to dismiss such attempts as too big of a government. Consider the idea that government should guarantee health care to people, including payment. That was once one of the most bitterly contested political disputes in this country. Now, thanks to the coronavirus? People expected the government to pay for testing, vaccination and care related to contracting the disease. The pandemic has wiped out businesses and ravaged many state and local economies, which is why people turned to the government for stimulus and other financial assistance.

California Guaranteed Income Program

People may argue about whether the measures taken by governments in this direction have been appropriate. The fact is, however, millions of people expected it all. And they are now conditioned to approve this kind of government intervention.

So it’s no wonder that a major US city like Los Angeles is now embarking on a newly approved guaranteed income program. Other cities, including Ann Arbor and Chicago, are also looking at the same thing.

In fact, Los Angeles is launching the largest experiment in the entire US along these lines. The city council there recently approved the $40 million Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot (BIG LEAP) program. It will give about 3,000 families currently living in poverty $1,000 a month for 12 months. No strings attached on how recipients can spend the money.

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The city will be receiving applications from potential participants at bigleap.lacity.org until Nov. 7 at 11:59 PM. The plan is for the city to randomly select about 3,000 households to receive the payments of $1,000 per month. Something the city has allocated $40 million for.

“The idea of ​​a (Basic Income Guaranteed) pilot program is one that my office has been following for a while,” Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price told locals. ABC connected. “And it gained momentum as we witnessed our country’s investigation into the racial inequalities and social injustices amid the COVID pandemic.

“I hope that after the completion of this pilot program, it will be replicated at the state and federal levels.”

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