July 21, 2018

Chicago may experiment with basic income program

Independent, UK - Chicago could become the largest city in the US to test a universal basic income program, if its local government takes up a new proposal to start handing out $500 a month to some households for free.

City lawmakers have voiced support for legislation that would trial a basic income scheme for 1,000 families in Chicago.

A bill, proposed by Chicago lawmaker Ameya Pawar, has started the legislative process by gaining support from 36 of the city's 50 aldermen, who vote on local laws.

The legislation will now be debated by aldermen on the city's Committee on Workforce Development and Audit.

If enough members are in favour of the plan, it will then be put before the city's council for a vote.

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