Pittsburgh scraps plans for guaranteed basic income program

Pittsburgh scraps plans for guaranteed basic income program

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey is scrapping plans to use American Rescue Plan funding for a guaranteed basic income pilot program in the city.

Former Mayor Bill Peduto had proposed using $2.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding for a pilot program to offer $500 monthly payments to 200 low-income Pittsburgh residents and track how participants used the cash for two years.

The concept has been tested in other cities across the country, where people have been given monthly cash payments ranging from $500 a month in Stockton, Calif., to $1,000 a month for Black mothers in Jackson, Miss .Pittsburgh’s program had […]

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