Newark, New Jersey aims to become first American city to implement universal basic income

When one wants to implement a system, they usually do research on similar efforts that have been successful. Pssst, demorats: You won’t find one with UBI.

From NY Post: Newark could become the first major American city to roll out a guaranteed income in a bid to slash the city’s sky-high poverty rates.

The city’s mayor, Ras Baraka, is setting up a task force to study if such a program would be possible as one way to tackle the city’s entrenched poverty.

Baraka provided no other details in his State of the City address, which was delivered last week.

“The problems we have belong to all of us, not just a few of us, so the solutions must be collective and not individual,” Baraka said. “We believe in universal basic income, especially in a time where studies have shown that families that have a crisis of just $400 in a month may experience a setback that may be difficult, even impossible, to recover from.”

More than a quarter of Newark residents — 27.8 percent — live below the poverty line, figures from the Census Bureau show. The typical Newark household makes just $35,000 a year, roughly half of the $75,000 average for the entire New York City metro area.

Basic income programs typically provide assistance to individuals regardless of employment status — pitched by some economists as a 21st-century update to classic welfare programs that have been dramatically reduced in recent decades.

High-profile liberals, like freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have embraced the notion as a way to help working-class Americans amid the economic disruptions caused by the growing automation of the economy.

Conservatives quickly derided the idea as a potential big-government boondoggle, pointing out that a Scandinavian country, Finland, quickly abandoned its basic income experiment.

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William
William
1 year ago

Ras Baraka, sure, helping to establish the “Africanness” of Newark. I used to work for a moving company in NJ years ago and we sometimes had jobs in Newark late at night. The boss always gave us baseball bats for self-defense. The rules of the road in Newark were windows up, doors locked, don’t stop for any reason, including red lights. Once upon a time Newark was upscale, millionaires lived there. Now UBI will boost the local economy as all that cash will go into the pockets of the crack and smack dealers. Can’t stop progress

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

Straightforward communism (aka progressivism) fronted by token “schvartzes” like this guy, Barry Sotero, Cory Booker, and Steve Phillips, but, while almost perfectly concealed by the msm, nonetheless financed and owned 100% by billionaires like the Sandler’s from San Francisco, of mortgage churning billions. It’s also just a meaningless a coincidence that 78% of Dem financing comes from an identifiable 2% of our population, and also just a coincidence that this same thirty-five times and more disproportionality applies to the controlling management of Walll Street, the msm, and Hollywood—and meaningless for the same reasons it’d be accepted as a a meaningless… Read more »

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Well said. A formidable and tireless adversary indeed, for whom the mask has begun to slip. But not nearly enough people have noticed

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago

Will they tie the rate of free money to the price of heroin? “Beto O’ Goy” (Obongo 2.0) will soon ride in with his trusty sidekick Sancho Occassio Guevara to lead El Revolucion.

Those few with jobs can work extra hours to pay for those laid up in the alleys with needles in their arms. It’s the view from Tel Aviv.

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Lophatt

The price of heroin is pretty low right now. Supply and demand you know. So tying the UBI to that wouldn’t be fair. In fact it would be “racis'”. Ras has proposed another program, heroin stamps. Addicts will get new EBT cards so the dealers will have to have card readers now. Come to think of it that’s racis too, an unfair burden on local business

Judy
Judy
1 year ago

Seriously? I’m retired and I live on $23,000 a year. Should I move back to Newark?

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Judy

Well Judy, you must know then that Newark was always on the “cutting edge” (sarc). Trenton may be “hipper” but nobody knows how to support the indigent like Newark.

If I were you, I wouldn’t move back.

Joseph BC69
Joseph BC69
1 year ago

This is an idea whose time first came during the Great Depression, but then was glossed over until the current worldwide economic depression has made it inevitable. Here is a link to a recent article about it in Canada’s leading conservative daily newspaper: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-why-a-canadian-basic-income-is-inevitable/ Because the idea appears at first to fly in the face of our traditional values, it is often rejected out of hand by people in a rather knee-jerk fashion. However, it is not as impractical as a superficial dismissal would imply. I once entered a competition sponsored by the Hubert Humphrey Foundation which was to submit… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
Jackie Puppet
1 year ago

Shitcago, is also considering UBI, even with its HUGE money problems; but with a new incoming mayor, I doubt it’ll happen, even in a city full of demonrats.

William
William
1 year ago

It was once estimated, by some think tank back in the 80’s, that simply giving people enough money to climb out of poverty would reduce overall expenditures on social programs by about 75 percent. Of course that would result in the loss of tax revenue generated by the legions of bureaucrats, paper shufflers, and social workers who would then be out of work. And if they weren’t put out of work it would mean that their “services” were still required, which would in turn indicate that the “free money” program was a failure. I see your point, this could work… Read more »