Follow Iowa’s Lead, Ban Universal Basic Income

Persuaded by one side in the ongoing national debate about universal basic income (UBI), the Iowa Legislature has passed a bill to ban such initiatives at the local level. Observers following the growing interest in federalist experimentation with guaranteed income programs can move another state to the opposition column.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states and local governments received an unprecedent windfall of federal dollars, and policymakers seized upon the funding for experiments to address poverty. With a need to spend unexpected money, officials added new variations to the list of guaranteed income programs that have been proposed throughout American history.

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