Editorial: Gainey right to nix Peduto’s basic income gimmick

Editorial: Gainey right to nix Peduto’s basic income gimmick

Mayor Ed Gainey made the right call by canceling a pilot program that would have given 200 city residents a guaranteed monthly income of $500. The concept of a basic income for all may have merit. Most guaranteed-income studies show little negative effect on employment and strong improvements in health, especially mental health. But the City of Pittsburgh can’t administer it, or fund it long-term.

Former mayor Bill Peduto dreamed up the pilot scheme. He planned to funnel $2.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act money through the OnePGH non-profit, which he designed to collect and distribute contributions from […]

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