BOSTON (AP) — A bill under consideration at the Massachusetts Statehouse is aimed at testing the idea of a universal basic income.

The long-shot bill would create a pilot program that would include 100 residents in each of three economically diverse cities or towns. At least one of the communities would be located in a rural part of the state.

Everyone participating in the program would receive $1,000 a month for three years and agree to participate in a study.

After the three years are complete, the bill calls on the Department of Housing and Community Development to submit a report looking at the effects of the program, including whether a universal basic income could be used to address historic inequalities, including institutional racism.

A similar pilot program is under way in Stockton, California.

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Comments (5)
  1. Bill Noone says:

    stupid is as stupid does

  2. Lisa Critz says:

    In our consumer-driven economy, a universal basic income could actually do a great deal to stabilize the economy. It would certainly do a lot more than our current system of soulless, heartless capitalism.

  3. Dan Sullivan says:

    Unless it is funded from a land value tax (LVT), it will just drive up rents in those communities. LVT is the fundamentally right way to do this, because the unimproved value of land was not created by the owner, and because taxing it increases economic growth and vitality.

  4. David Reinhard says:

    Just wrote a comment on this article that did not praise it! Of course, CBS Boston derp sixed it because it did not agree with the liberal BS idea! So much for free speech and the printing of them!

  5. Small Change says:

    Great news! UBI really could work. Finland have just carried out a pilot study that ended in december of 2018. They gave 2,000 people €560 ($629) per month for 2 years and the preliminary results have been extremely encouraging. There was only a very slight reduction in earnings from employment (people on UBI earned just €21 less than the control group for all of 2017) and trust and confidence in the government and the future skyrocketed.

    Our wellbeing is what matters, no matter what the cost. As more and more people are born and more and more robots are built to reduce employment, those who cannot find work will be left without the ability to provide for themselves or those who depend on them. Income inequality has been growing at an alarming rate in recent years, yet another reason to raise taxes for the obscenely wealthy and use that money to fund UBI. Interest, inheritance, tax evasion, automation, all these things and more contribute to income inequality. UBI is a counterbalance

    I just published a post about this earlier today if anyone wants to read up more on UBI (