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Long Beach Is Launching A Universal Basic Income Experiment

 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.
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Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has announced plans to give money — no strings attached — to a select group of city residents.

The idea is to study the effects of a so-called “universal basic income,” a policy favored by some economists for tackling high poverty rates and pushed heavily during the Democratic Presidential primaries by Andrew Yang.

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Yesterday, the Long Beach City Council voted to support the UBI project.


Robert Garcia, mayor of Long Beach; he tweets @LongBeachMayor

Andrew Yang, 2020 presidential candidate and entrepreneur; he is the chair of the advisory board for Californians for Consumer Privacy, which advocates for the passage of Proposition 24; he tweets @AndrewYang