Shreveport is one of 11 cities talking about implementing a guaranteed income proposal. It's a program called Universal Basic Income or UBI.
This is a cash payment given directly to all adults in a community with now strings attached. The recipients are not required to work or perform any community service to get the funding. Click here to read more about the program.
The program is aimed at supplementing the current social safety net that is in place. The plan now being discussed would be a $500 dollar monthly check. But the big question is how this would be funded. In Shreveport, if this is paid to 100,000 residents, it would cost $50 million a month.
This pilot program is being considered by these Mayors:
Michael Tubbs of Stockton, Calif.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba of Jackson, Miss.
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