Twitter CEO to Fund Universal Basic Income Experiment in These U.S. Cities

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey is donating $3 million to a coalition of mayors advocating for the introduction of common fundamental earnings in dozens of cities.

The billionaire co-founder of the social networking big introduced on Thursday that he was investing the funds into the Mayors for a Guaranteed Income—a mission launched final month by Michael Tubbs, the 29-year-old mayor of Stockton, California.

“This is one tool to close the wealth and income gap, level systemic race and gender inequalities, and create economic security for families,” Dorsey tweeted.

The coalition is selling the advantages of a assured earnings for residents in a minimum of 15 cities up to now, which might doubtlessly have an effect on greater than 7 million Americans.

The system, if rolled out, would give a month-to-month money fee on to people with “no strings attached and no work requirement,” it explains on-line. Several U.S. cities at the moment are backing the mission, together with Los Angeles, Newark, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

The complete community is so appreciative of this assist. Together, we will make the American economic system work for everybody.

— Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (@mayorsforagi) July 9, 2020

It’s not an unprecedented pitch, with some assured earnings trials already in movement. Since February final yr, the Stockton mayor has been giving 125 residents $500 per thirty days as a part of the experiment, a program now prolonged by means of to 2021.

In Jackson, Mississippi, a belief has been giving $1000 per thirty days to Black moms as a part of an analogous scheme. Officials in Chicago, Newark, and Atlanta have shaped activity forces to discover the monetary idea, whereas Milwaukee is making a pilot.

“More cash in people’s pockets keeps families financially secure and stimulates the local economy,” the coalition explains on-line, pitching the scheme.

“Especially in the wake of COVID-19 and the ensuing recession, a guaranteed income will stimulate spending on main street and generate much-needed state and local revenue to drive the economic recovery across the country,” it continues.

Broadly, it says assured earnings will be paid for through wealth funds or by bringing “tax rates on the wealthiest Americans to their 20th century historical averages.”

The mayors and cities within the mission up to now:

Ras Baraka, Newark, NJ; Steve Benjamin, Columbia, SC; Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta, GA; Aja Brown, Compton, CA. Melvin Carter, St. Paul, MN; Jenny Durkan, Seattle, WA; Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, CA; Robert Garcia, Long Beach, CA; Alex Morse, Holyoke, MA; Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jackson, MS; William Peduto, Pittsburgh, PA; Adrian Perkins, Shreveport, LA, Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison, WI; Libby Schaaf, Oakland, CA and Victoria R. Woodards, Tacoma, WA.

Dorsey’s donating to the Mayors for a Guaranteed Income will reportedly be used for applications in Stockton primarily based round earnings applications for home violence and housing points, alongside analysis and planning for different cities’ pilots.

Dorsey has a web value of greater than $7 billion, in keeping with Forbes.

In April, he introduced he was transferring $1 billion of fairness from his funds firm Square into a brand new philanthropic mission known as StartSmall.

Dorsey stated the outfit would funnel cash into international COVID-19 aid earlier than shifting its consideration, and funds, to woman’s well being/schooling and common fundamental earnings.

He wrote: “Why UBI and girl’s health and education? I believe they represent the best long-term solutions to the existential problems facing the world. UBI is a great idea needing experimentation. Why now? The needs are increasingly urgent, and I want to see the impact in my lifetime. I hope this inspires others to do something similar.”

I’m transferring $1B of my Square fairness (~28% of my wealth) to #startsmall LLC to fund international COVID-19 aid. After we disarm this pandemic, the main target will shift to woman’s well being and schooling, and UBI. It will function transparently, all flows tracked right here:

— jack (@jack) April 7, 2020

Speaking this month on a panel with Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Mayor Tubbs stated: “This concept is actually American.”

He elaborated: “This is how we build prosperity and build wealth and create opportunity for certain groups of people. We know, given the history of this country, that people of color and in particular Black people have historically been excluded from all the ways that the government has provided, not a handout but really a hand up.”

On the Mayors for a Guaranteed Income personal web site, the mission is described as being “rooted in Dr. King’s legacy,” and supposed to assist construct a “resilient, just America.”

 Jack Dorsey
Chief government officer of Twitter Inc. and Square Inc. Jack Dorsey arrives to attend the “Tech for Good” Summit at Hotel de Marigny on May 15, 2019 in Paris, France.

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