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Austin become first Texas city to approve pilot ‘Guaranteed Income Program’

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Austin, Texas has approved a pilot ‘Guaranteed Income’ program joining other liberal cities. The program will give 85 families $1,000 per month for an entire year. The program’s $1.18 million in  funding will be handled by a nonprofit and recipients can spend the money however they wish.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who belongs to a coalition called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, said it will prevent homelessness; it’s not a “giveaway” but rather, “it is investing in ourselves.”

“We can find people moments before they end up on our streets and prevent them, divert them from being there. That would be not only wonderful for them, it would be wise and smart for the taxpayers in the city of Austin because it will be a lot less expensive to divert someone from homelessness than to help them find a home once they’re on our streets,” said Adler.

Atlanta, Georgia also announced it was launching a similar pilot basic income program in January. 300 residents will receive $500 each month for a year. NBC DFW5 reports that “Across the country, dozens of cities and counties — some using money from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package approved in March 2021 — are giving some low-income residents a guaranteed income of $500 to $1,000 each month to do with as they please, and tracking what happens.”

The Mayors coalition will use its data –collected by a University of Pennsylvania-based rrsearch center — to lobby the White House and Congress for a federal guaranteed income.

 

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  1. ScienceABC123

    May 11, 2022 at 5:06 am

    And how will they determine whether this “experiment” works or not? It can’t possibly end homelessness in Austin, a stated goal. No, it’s just leftists being “charitable,” of course with other people’s monies…

  2. Tony Ransdell

    May 11, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Let me mention we opened our business in 1998 and are losing money daily due to the supply chain issues that are not a concern at all for the current administration in the Whitehouse. We did not get any of the PPP loans or EIDL loans. We did not get one penny of the loan 100 billion in scammed money taken by fraudulent people. We are borrowing money at 9+ % and 41% APR to stay in business for another year and you are giving money away to people for nothing. Well knock me over!! I know dozens of businesses that put their life savings into their business and they are now closed. Out of business and they are not going to get a guaranteed income in fact they lost everything they owned. Knock me over again!!!! wow

  3. Jim Davies

    May 11, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Who picks the 85 people and who gets to become on of 85?

  4. Stephane

    May 11, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    you want to bet ALL the recipients will be BLACKS?????

  5. Quinton Dees

    May 12, 2022 at 9:29 am

    Another idiotic idea….. handouts make people rude, lazy and irresponsible….this lame idea will backfire and leave these idiots scratching their heads only to come up with the next loser if a plan ‍♀️

  6. Sparker

    May 12, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Then give them housing instead of cash!

  7. Linda Brown

    May 13, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    What do they think this is going to do helping only 85 people. How about rehab programs, mental health programs. That is who is on the street. This is absurd

  8. Stephane

    May 14, 2022 at 7:11 am

    Isn’t it amazing how saraacarter acts exactly like the left when it is about reality?
    Everyone in this country is so much against racism, but everyone is recognizing the impossibility to accept that it really is a “law of the land” for the government, particularly since “””44″”” was reigning in the White House!
    And the 14% are taking advantage of their position to become even more entitled than before!
    So, when the truth comes to shine on the reality, CENSORSHIP arise its ugly head and many comments are NEVER shown!

  9. BEST FUTURE

    May 14, 2022 at 11:04 am

    ASSTIN TX IS A SOCIALIST city ! KEEPING THE NEW DNC INFE$TATION in place … by PAYMENT$ NOT BY Capitalist stregnth but by $ocialist fuel… Paid gor by GOVERNMENT FLOP HOU$E $@*T !

  10. Alan

    May 14, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    This was tried during the great depression and it failed spectacularly and was discontinued. But as good socialist program doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

  11. JM

    May 14, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    How generous! 1000.00 a month is poverty, and they are giving these people money to blow? WHERE CAN I SIGN UP?

  12. dennodogg

    May 15, 2022 at 11:08 am

    ” Oh, good. Now we got beer money.”

  13. Laughman

    May 15, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Texas was red. Texas was purple. Now we can see that Texas turning right before our very eyes. Rename the State East California.

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Biden spends $1.65 trillion taxpayer dollars while vacationing in St. Croix

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While vacationing in the island of St. Croix for the holidays, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the massive $1.65 omnibus spending package.

The whopping 4,155 pages was supported by only nine House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans. Majority of criticism from the GOP includes concerns that the bill was rushed and crammed with wasteful spending by a lame-duck Democratic-dominated Congress. The recourse will punish American families by adding to the national debt and exacerbate inflation.

“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding — and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine,” Biden tweeted. “Looking forward to more in 2023.”

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “praised the bill on the grounds that it represents a real decrease in discretionary spending. He presented it as a positive that nondefense spending jumped by only 5.5 percent, from $730 billion to $772.5 billion, amid an inflation rate of 7.1 percent” writes National Review.

“The bipartisan government-funding bill that Senators Shelby and Leahy have finished negotiating does exactly the opposite of what the Biden administration first proposed,” he said. “This bill provides a substantial real-dollar increase to the defense baseline . . . and a substantial real-dollar cut to the non-defense, non-veterans baseline,” McConnell insisted as negotiations were wrapping up.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, however, stated his strong disapproval of the bill before it even advanced. Affirming a letter from 13 House Republicans, McCarthy demanded the bill is reckless, irresponsible, and a “purposeful refusal to secure and defend our borders.”

For example, it failed to incorporate protections for Title 42, the pandemic policy that allows illegal immigrants to be expelled on a public-health basis, which currently hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.

National Review adds, “The funding in the bill, which averted a federal government shutdown before the new year, includes an allocation of $45 billion in defense assistance to Ukraine. Some Republican priorities, such as Electoral Count Act reform and a bigger military budget, were nested in with Democratic appropriations, such as increased funding for Medicaid and food stamps.”

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