SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A state lawmaker has introduced a universal basic income bill that would give every Californian $1,000 per month.
AB 2712 was introduced by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) on Thursday.READ MORE: UPDATE: Stockton Man With Dementia Found Safe
— Evan Low (@Evan_Low) February 21, 2020
The bill would create a California Universal Basic Income Program (CalUBI) where residents over 18-years-old would receive $1,000 per month. As written, the bill would only exempt people who are already getting Medi-Cal, County Medical Services Program, CalFresh, CalWorks or Unemployment Insurance from getting the universal basic income.
Low’s bill would pay for the CalUBI program with a 10 percent value-added tax on goods and services in California.
One California city, Stockton, has already been experimenting with a basic income program where 125 residents were selected at random from low-income neighborhoods to get $500 per month.READ MORE: Smoke Drifts Into The Valley As Dixie Fire Grows To 217, 581 Acres
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs offered a word of caution against Low’s bill, however.
Haven’t read the details yet but conceptually I am still opposed to any plan that would exclude those on existing benefits or have them give up their benefits in exchange for a ubi, especially while other people not on benefits do not have to lose anything to gain. https://t.co/WiZTRNnJVp
— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) February 21, 2020
“Haven’t read the details yet but conceptually I am still opposed to any plan that would exclude those on existing benefits or have them give up their benefits in exchange for a ubi, especially while other people not on benefits do not have to lose anything to gain,” Tubbs tweeted when asked about the proposal.
No taxpayer money went into funding for Stockton’s basic income program.
Low invoked former Democratic presidential candidate hopeful Andrew Yang in a tweet announcing his bill. Yang had made a push for universal basic income one of the pillars of his campaign.MORE NEWS: City of Grass Valley Among Latest Local Governments Hit By Cyberattack
The California universal basic income bill will have a steep hill to climb before it becomes law. It will need to get through committee, then need a majority vote.