Newark's mayor exploring universal basic income program


Newark's mayor exploring universal basic income program

Mar 14 2019 09:53AM EDT

NEW JERSEY (FOX 5 NY) - Getting a paycheck for doing nothing could be in the future for residents of New Jersey's largest city.  Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says the city is going to study a pilot program to provide a universal basic income, or basically guaranteeing income for all residents whether they have a job or not.

He made the statement during his annual State of the City address Tuesday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The city has launched a taskforce to see if the program is feasible with help from the Economic Security Project and the Jain Institute.

"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," Baraka said.

He noted that a third of the city still lives in poverty.  He didn't release any more details on the plan, like how it would be funded or when a final decision would be made.

There has not been a successful long-term Universal Basic Income program.  A small basic-income program that was tested in Finland was ended after one year.

Baraka was re-elected last year to a second term as mayor of the city of 280,000 residents.

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