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No strings attached? Madison mayor pushes guaranteed income

Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 10, 2020

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Why aspire to a job, a career, when income can be had without the fuss of work?

Providing folks with an unconditional, monthly cash payment  — no strings attached — is how Mayors for Guaranteed Income rolls.

A new $15 million cash infusion from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s #startsmall initiative will help fund all kinds of freeloader programs in member mayor cities. Dorsey isn’t keen on the free flow of information on his social network, but he’s good with handing out “free money” for far left causes. 

Eventually, taxpayers will be on the hook for funding the programs.

Madison’s socialist Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway sounded giddy about the city receiving a chunk of the funding.

“I am deeply appreciative of this seed funding which will allow a group of Madison families to chart their own path toward financial stability,” she said in a press release. “Because affordable housing is such a critical issue in the City of Madison, my staff is exploring how we can design and implement a pilot that places housing affordability and security at the center of this conversation.”

The “center of the conversation” is what socialists like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are proposing: Money for nothing, in the parlance of the classic rock band Dire Straits. AOC has called for a Universal Basic Income, as part of a massive Green New Deal proposal and separately. Taxpayer-funded, wealth redistribution.

Several cities are getting into the guaranteed income game. 

In Saint Paul, Minn., Mayor Melvin Carter has launched and begun disbursements for People’s Prosperity Pilot, which will provide up to 150 Saint Paul families with $500 per month in guaranteed income for up to 18 months, according to the Mayors for a Guaranteed Income.

Pittsburgh’s mayor says his Assured Cash Experiment of Pittsburgh (AcePGH) will provide 200 residents with $500/month, for 24 months.

“Building on work by Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission, AcePGH will serve 100 randomly selected Black women who are at or below 50% AMI (area median family income)” the press release states.

Several other cities have launched similar “no strings attached” payment programs.

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