L.A. County approves pilot for Guaranteed Basic Income

Thousands of dollars are donated to the Friends Uniting Neighbors Group’s food giveaway program, which is held every Thursday at the Community Hall in Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
LOS ANGELES  - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 today to approve proposals for a pilot guaranteed income program, one of which calls for $1,000 per month to be paid to 1,000 residents for at least three years. Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the dissenting vote, expressing concerns about lack of research into the plans and the potential for fraud. Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Sheila Kuehl co-authored a motion declaring that poverty and economic opportunity are public health issues and calling for a broad strategic plan to address a growing wealth gap. "As we endeavor to create a more resilient economy ... we must explore guaranteed income and other measures of poverty alleviation as permanent county policy, not just as an emergency measure,'' the motion read in par
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