Seattle gave low-income residents $500 monthly payments with no strings attached. Some got new housing and employment rates nearly doubled.

Seattle gave low-income residents $500 monthly payments with no strings attached. Some got new housing and employment rates nearly doubled.

A view of the Seattle skyline. Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images A Seattle basic income pilot gave low-income residents $500 a month, nearly doubling employment among participants.

The majority of the selected participants were people of color.

Basic income pilots nationwide have seen noteworthy success, despite conservative opposition. A Seattle guaranteed basic income pilot gave low-income residents $500 a month to help reduce poverty . Employment in the group nearly doubled, and numerous unhoused residents secured housing.The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County launched a 10-month guaranteed basic income pilot program with 102 participants in fall 2022. New findings by […]

Texas AG Ken Paxton fails to block Houston’s basic income plan

Is it a violation of the Texas Constitution for a city to give money to its low-income residents?

On Thursday, a Texas state court judge answered with a definitive “no” — the first ruling in what is shaping up to be a long legal fight over that question.

“There is sufficient evidence to show that guaranteed income programs are successful, so why wouldn’t we believe it?” Judge Ursula Hall said.In her ruling, Hall blocked a push by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) to keep Harris County — the state’s most populous county and the home of Houston — from implementing […]

Universal Basic Income and Solutions to Tackle Income Inequality

Universal Basic Income and Solutions to Tackle Income Inequality

Universal Basic Income and Solutions to Tackle Income Inequality

Mindful Mediator

· Follow 4 min read·4 hours ago– Image from WHAT ‘if’ ECONOMICS, 08/02/2021, http://lollty.com/Au3a2B Income inequality has been a longstanding concern in many societies, driving policymakers and economists to explore unconventional means to ensure fairer wealth distribution. One approach gaining traction is Universal Basic Income (UBI), a system that provides all citizens with a regular stipend, regardless of their employment status or income level. As the debate surrounding UBI intensifies, proponents argue that it could be a powerful tool to address income inequality. However, critics remain skeptical, […]

Judge rejects Paxton’s attempt to block Harris County’s guaranteed income program

Judge rejects Paxton’s attempt to block Harris County’s guaranteed income program

A Houston state district judge on Thursday denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s attempt to block Harris County’s implementation of a guaranteed income program.

Judge Ursula Hall, in Harris County’s 165th Civil Court, rejected the attorney general’s arguments that the program to give monthly stipends to more than 1,900 low-income residents violates the Texas Constitution.

“There is sufficient evidence to show that guaranteed income programs are successful, so why wouldn’t we believe it,” Judge Hall said.First Assistant County Attorney Jonathan Fombonne said he was thrilled with the judge’s ruling.“I feel great because we’re protecting an incredibly important program that’s going to […]

Texas AG Ken Paxton fails to block Houston’s basic income plan

Source: The Hill

Is it a violation of the Texas Constitution for a city to give money to its low-income residents? On Thursday, a Texas state court judge answered with a definitive “no” — the first ruling in what is shaping up to be a long legal fight over that question. “There is sufficient evidence to show that guaranteed income programs are successful, so why wouldn’t we believe it,” Judge Ursula Hall said.

In her ruling, Hall blocked a push by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) to keep Harris County — the state’s most populous county and the home […]

Hearing set for state lawsuit after AG Ken Paxton sued Harris County over guaranteed income program

Hearing set for state lawsuit after AG Ken Paxton sued Harris County over guaranteed income program

Harris Co. officials have said the program is about lifting people out of poverty. It would give $500 to recipients for 18 months.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Harris County over Uplift Harris, a guaranteed basic income pilot program for low-income families.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — The fight over Harris County’s guaranteed basic income pilot program will move to the courtroom Thursday morning, with a temporary injunction hearing.It comes more than a week after Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the county over Uplift Harris, which would provide $500 per month to low-income families.Paxton is asking a judge to issue […]

Judge Rejects Texas AG’s Attempt to Halt Basic Income Plan

A Texas state court judge has dismissed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s efforts to block Houston’s basic income initiative, The Hill reported .

This marks a pivotal decision in an ongoing legal battle over the constitutionality of providing financial assistance to low-income residents.

Judge Ursula Hall asked, "There is sufficient evidence to show that guaranteed income programs are successful, so why wouldn’t we believe it?"Her Thursday ruling paved the way for Harris County to proceed with the Uplift Harris initiative, which aims to allocate $500 per week to 1,900 low-income individuals, a move heralded by proponents as a means to alleviate […]

Texas AG Ken Paxton fails to block Houston’s basic income plan

Texas AG Ken Paxton fails to block Houston’s basic income plan

Is it a violation of the Texas Constitution for a city to give money to its low-income residents?

On Thursday, a Texas state court judge answered with a definitive “no” — the first ruling in what is shaping up to be a long legal fight over that question.

“There is sufficient evidence to show that guaranteed income programs are successful, so why wouldn’t we believe it?” Judge Ursula Hall said.In her ruling, Hall blocked a push by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) to keep Harris County — the state’s most populous county and the home of Houston — from implementing […]

Almost 1,600 BISS and ANC scheme payments outstanding

Almost 1,600 BISS and ANC scheme payments outstanding

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is still processing 661 applications made under the 2023 Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) scheme.

Officials are also working through 930 applications submitted for the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme.

Details on the number of outstanding agricultural scheme payments was recently sought by Sinn Féin spokesperson for agriculture, Claire Kerrane in a parliamentary question. Payments In response, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue said that there are currently 120,463 “potentially eligible BISS applicants”, of which 119,802 have received payment.Under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Basic […]

How King County’s $500-a-month guaranteed income program fared

How King County’s $500-a-month guaranteed income program fared

For years, Candice Johnson had a stable job and few money troubles.

But when she was laid off during the pandemic, she found herself in “a chain reaction of events that kept going down.” Pregnant, jobless and forced to leave her home due to domestic violence, Johnson’s life “was an absolute mess,” she said.

Then her luck turned around. She got an apartment through King County Regional Homelessness Authority’s Rapid Re-Housing Program and connected with case workers at the YWCA , landing a job at a Pierce County bank.And critically, she was tapped to receive $500 a month through a 10-month […]