Will 'basic income' become the California norm? Town starts $500 no-strings payments

PressFrom - US | 2/16/2019 | Staff
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A Northern California sheriff's office dropped the death toll from a devastating 2018 wildfire to 85 people from 86. The Butte County sheriff's office said Thursday that remains from the Camp Fire thought to be from two separate people were from the same individual. The office also released the names of two more victims, bringing the total number of identified dead to 71. The wildfire wiped out more than 14,000 homes, most of them in the town of Paradise. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After months of planning, Stockton, Calif., is sending debit cards loaded with $500 to a select group of residents starting Friday as part of a closely watched experiment in universal basic income, the first led by a U.S. city.

Stockton, once dubbed "America's foreclosure capital," was the largest city to seek bankruptcy protection before Detroit's 2013 filing. During the recession, unemployment soared toward 20 percent, and violent crime rose. Today, one in four residents lives below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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A South Carolina town has honored an African-American World War II veteran more than 70 years after he was beaten and blinded by local police. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Officials and community leaders in Batesburg-Leesville unveiled a historical marker of the attack on Sgt. Isaac Woodard Jr. Woodard had just gotten out of the Army in February 1946 and was on his way home when he got into a dispute with the bus driver after asking to get off to use the bathroom.

Now, as the city slowly recovers from financial disarray, officials and advocates look to the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, or SEED, to provide insight on whether a long-term basic income program is a viable creative approach...
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