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“UBI” experiment in Tacoma

Bookmarked What does universal basic income look like in the US? Tacoma wants to find out by Lionel Donovan (KING) (KING5)

Tacoma debuts a pilot program to provide Universal Basic Income to over a hundred families for 12 months.

I find it somewhat insulting that a $500 a month payment is being called Universal Basic Income. If UBI is meant to support caregivers and allow people to contribute to society in other ways besides through capitalist working for pay that’s… still paying usually women a lot less than their labor is worth to society.

That’s not what it would cost to live literally anywhere in the U.S. And Tacoma is a relatively spendy place to live — one person would need $2100 a month to make ends meet per livingcost.org.

I mean, I’m happy to see anything, but let’s not get rid of all our social services if all we’re going to give folks is $500 a month.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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