States Implement Monthly Stimulus Payments as Guaranteed Basic Income

The US has seen a surge in the implementation of guaranteed basic income (GBI) programs by state governments to combat poverty and provide financial assistance to their citizens.

Stimulus Payments: In recent years, the United States has seen a rise in the implementation of guaranteed basic income (GBI) programs as state governments strive to combat poverty and provide assistance to their inhabitants who are experiencing financial hardship.

GBI has become a favored approach to alleviating poverty in urban areas of the United States, with more than 50 municipalities having implemented the model since 2019. Participants were provided with a fixed monthly payment of $100 to $1,000 during the pilot program, with no additional conditions.

The federal poverty limit is typically not met by participants. Nevertheless, certain initiatives have also concentrated on specific populations, including new and expecting mothers, households with children, and individuals who are homeless.

Nevertheless, Republican legislators continue to oppose GBI’s legislative initiatives, claiming that they are “socialist” and that they discourage low-income individuals from entering the workforce.

With this in mind, Iowa enacted a prohibition on GBI in April, following Arizona’s decision to prohibit basic income earlier this year. Consequently, it is not accessible in all 50 states.

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Which states are utilizing GBI programs to deliver payments?

Cities and counties in Arizona, Alabama, Virginia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi, Louisiana, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, and Washington D.C. have successfully implemented basic-income initiatives.

The ‘Breathe’ program in California allows Los Angeles residents to receive $1,000 each month for a period of three years. The program has attracted more than 1,000 participants from low-income households. Every 12-24 months, it is possible to claim $500 for residents of Long Beach, Mountain View, and Sonoma County.

Colorado’s Denver scheme divided the estimated 800 participants into three groups: one group receives $1,000 per month for a year, another group receives $6,500 upfront and then $500 per month thereafter, and the third group receives $50 per month.

Georgia, Illinois, Massachussetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York and Texas also have their own programs in certain cities. More information is available on each state government’s website.

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