California is the first state to pass a universal basic guaranteed income plan that is being criticized as socialism.
They think it will reduce poverty, but it does not seem like it’s going to make people go to work.
The sunshine state approved the guaranteed-income plan for $35 million, to be funded by taxpayers, and give residents monthly checks up to $1,000.
There are no restrictions on the spending and several groups of people will be prioritized, such as pregnant women and children who have aged out of the foster care system.
Further reported on Business Insider:
“I’d like to thank my colleagues for partnering with me on this important work and investing in this concept that will uplift the lives of so many,” state Sen. Dave Cortese, who advocated the program, said in a statement. “I’m excited that 40 million Californians will now get a chance to see how guaranteed income works in their own communities.”
Cortese added that this program was modeled after a successful universal-basic-income program in Santa Clara County last year that offered $1,000 monthly checks for a year to young adults who were no longer eligible for foster care.
Many suggest this will cause people to become lazy and start relying on the government more. Critics suggest this is the Democrat’s way to get socialism started and have people work less and rely more.
It certainly does not promote hard work and ethics and may taxpayers may not want their taxes essentially going to someone’s pockets.
California might have done a better job if they came up with job training plans to get people into the workforce instead of basically just giving people free money.
Everyone likes free money, of course, but what are the consequences of this program and how far down the free money socialist rabbit hole will Democrats take this?