Chicago is setting up a comprehensive income task force as the city looks for ways to deal with poverty
Chicago Mayor Ram Emanuel will set up a working group to consider the implementation of the so-called ‘global basic income’ program in the city, where the besieged mayor seeks to consolidate his progressive will after promising not to run for another term.
The idea of the program, which will make monthly payments to a number of Chicago families without any conditions, have been put into the city for several months now.
Back in June, the Chicago North Side is the oldest. Umayya Bawar made a decision to invite the mayor to launch the pilot program and pay 1,000 families every $ 500 a month.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the new task force created by Emmanuel will have a team will decide whether this social welfare initiative will work in the city.
Pawar, who will be part of the committee, claims that global basic income is a means of addressing poverty amid job losses due to automation and the transfer of industries abroad.
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But the creation of the team could open Emmanuel to criticism because it comes less than a week after he announced that he would not run for a third term. The decision to implement a program may be costly on the shoulders of another mayor.
Bauer told the Tribune newspaper that he did not think Emmanuel was creating the team only to say he was credited with not being implemented.
‘Chicago will be the largest city in the country to take this step,’ he said. ‘I think the mayor sees this as an opportunity to lead the way as cities try to deal with poverty and income inequality at a time when the federal government is not dealing with these issues.
‘I think the mayor sees this as an opportunity to lead the way as cities try to deal with poverty and income inequality while the federal government does not deal with these issues.
North Side Ald Hotel in Chicago. Umayyad Pawar
A number of cities in the United States have discussed or adopted a similar version of the program. Stockton, California will start paying 100 lucky residents $ 500 a month unconditionally in 2019.
The city, then known as the capital of foreclosure in America, has fallen into difficult times, with 1 in 4 of the population Below the poverty line, and the average household income was about $ 8,000 lower than the national average.
In Oakland, California, Y Combinator, a startup incubator, offers $ 1,500 per month to randomly selected residents. The funds are expected to be distributed soon to 100 recipients, with the possibility of expanding the program to 1,000 people who will receive $ 1,000 a month.
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