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East Coast State Approves Universal Basic Income Scheme

Another day, another conspiracy theory has turned into a conspiracy fact.

Many of us have long warned that the stimulus checks during the Covid era would turn into a permanent universal basic income program. …

Today, that prediction has come true.

Massachusetts has become the first East Coast state to approve a broad universal basic income program that will begin this week.

Applicants will have roughly 2 months to apply for this window of the planned guaranteed income program until the window opens back up.

Sources claim that new applicants will be approved on a ‘rolling’, continuous basis.

Washington Examiner broke the news:

Individuals also mentioned how stimulus programs in other states like Michigan and California have slowly morphed into permanent universal basic income schemes, or at least the push for one:

According to Washington Examiner:

The income requirement for a household’s eligibility depends on how many people live in the household.

Households of two people, such as mother and child, will be eligible if they make no more than $49,300 a year, and households of three will be eligible if their annual income does not go over $62,150.

The income limit increases slightly with every additional household member.


Bloomberg reports that New York City’s UBI pilot has also become a permanent feature of the city:

Local guaranteed income pilots like the Bridge Project, which give out direct payments without conditions like work requirements, gained popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Led by mayors, county leaders and nonprofits, the initiatives put forth both immediate and longer-term goals: to address economic inequality and racial disparities in their own regions, to break down stigmas about poverty, and to establish political will for a national guaranteed income program.

Most of the pilots thus far have lasted only a few years, and focused on generating research on the effects of consistent cash on particularly vulnerable populations.

As the Bridge Project recruits a new cohort of mothers to receive benefits, it is transitioning from a piloting-and-research phase into a more permanent one, says Megha Agarwal, the executive director of the Monarch Foundation and of the Bridge Project, which she co-founded.


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