Basic Income Among Young California Mayor’s Bold Ideas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The 27-year-old mayor of Stockton, California, is launching bold experiments including providing a monthly $500 check to some of the city’s low-income residents. Mayor Michael Tubbs spoke Tuesday about his policy initiatives in the impoverished and crime-ridden city at the Sacramento Press Club. Stockton’s basic income program is set to launch next year and would be the nation’s first program of its kind. Tubbs has also launched a program to guarantee $1,000 a year in college scholarships to public high school graduates. And he’s partnering with a program that provides rehabilitation and cash stipends to deter men from engaging in gun crimes. Tubbs attended Stanford University. He was raised by his mother, who relied in part on public food assistance programs. His father has been incarcerated for Tubbs’ entire life.

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