Judge allows Harris County’s guaranteed income program to continue, for now

Judge allows Harris County's guaranteed income program to continue, for now

(Getty Images) HOUSTON — A district judge has allowed Harris County to continue with its guaranteed basic income program, while the case moves through the court system. What You Need To Know

The ruling comes a week after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Harris County over its Uplift Harris program — a guaranteed income pilot program that promises $500 a month for 18 months to approximately 2,000 low-income households

The first checks were planned to be sent out next week, and the judge ruled Thursday against Paxton’s request for an injunction to stop the county from […]

Paxton appeals after judge allows Harris County’s guaranteed income program to continue

Paxton appeals after judge allows Harris County's guaranteed income program to continue

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appears at a hearing, Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Harris County Criminal Court in Houston. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ‘s office is asking an appeals court to stop Harris County’s new guaranteed income program, Uplift Harris, from sending out checks to low-income residents after a judge on Thursday ruled that the program could move forward .

LEGAL TWIST: Harris County guaranteed income program can move forward, judge rules

Paxton’s office has challenged the legality of the county’s plan to send $500 monthly payments to around 1,900 low-income households over the course of 18 […]

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 […]

Austin approves guaranteed income for families as Houston battles lawsuit for same thing

Austin approves guaranteed income for families as Houston battles lawsuit for same thing

Attorney General Ken Paxton argues that taxpayer money cannot be "redistributed with no accountability or reasonable expectation of a general benefit." More Videos

AUSTIN, Texas — The city of Austin is bringing back a "guaranteed income" program to give 100 families an extra financial boost every month.

But a similar program in Harris County has faced opposition from the state’s top lawyer. RELATED: Texas AG sues Harris County over guaranteed income program. Is Austin next? The city of Austin enacted the program in 2022 to help 135 families, and staff said it was a success, finding that people actually used […]

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

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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 […]

Harris County guaranteed income program gets OK from Texas judge

Harris County guaranteed income program gets OK from Texas judge

A state distrcit judge ruled against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit to block Harris County’s guaranteed income program. Judge Lina Hidalgo called it "an important victory." A Texas judge ruled against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ‘s lawsuit to stop the pilot guaranteed income program , effectively allowing it to resume.

The ruling comes after Paxton’s office sued Harris County last week, arguing that the program, which gives low-income residents $500 a month, violates the Texas Constitution’s provisions on the disbursements of public funds.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Judge Lina Hidalgo called the court’s decision a victory, even though […]