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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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Illegal migrants refuse to leave Denver encampments, make demands of city including ‘fresh, culturally appropriate’ food and free lawyers

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A group of illegal immigrants in Denver is not only refusing to leave encampments, but also have the audacity to take no actions until the city meets its demands. The migrants were organized enough to publish a document with 13 specific demands before they “acquiesce to Denver Human Services’ request to leave the encampments and move to more permanent shelters funded by the city” reports Fox News.

Demands were made following the Denver government obtaining a petition to have the migrants moved, according to the outlet. The Denver mayor has been under pressure from the city’s ongoing migrant crisis, making headlines and receiving stiff backlash earlier this year for proposing budget cuts to the city’s government, including cuts to the city’s police force, to fund more money for dealing with the city’s migrant crisis.

The list of demands was sent to Mayor Mike Johnston and included requests for provisions of “fresh, culturally appropriate” food, no time limits on showers and free immigration lawyers, the outlet reported. Further details of the demands read, “Migrants will cook their own food with fresh, culturally appropriate ingredients provided by the City instead of premade meals – rice, chicken, flour, oil, butter, tomatoes, onions, etc… Shower access will be available without time limits & can be accessed whenever… Medical professional visits will happen regularly & referrals/connections for specialty care will be made as needed.”

The migrants also insisted they get “connection to employment support, including work permit applications for those who qualify,” as well as “Consultations for each person/family with a free immigration lawyer.” The migrants insisted that if these are not met, they will not leave their tent community.

“At the end of the day, what we do not want is families on the streets of Denver,” Jon Ewing, a spokesman for Denver Human Services, told Fox 31.

The current encampment is situated “near train tracks and under a bridge,” Fox 31 noted, adding that it has been there for the last couple of weeks.

Ewing told Fox 31 the city just wants “to get families to leave that camp and come inside,” noting its offer will give migrants “three square meals a day” and the freedom to cook.

He also said the government is willing to work with people to compromise and help them figure out what kind of assistance they qualify for.

Ultimately, Ewing said, the city wants to work with migrants to determine, “What might be something that is a feasible path for you to success that is not staying on the streets of Denver?”

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