California state lawmaker introduces bill to create universal basic income of $1K a month

California Assemblyman Evan Low (D) has introduced a bill to create a universal basic income in the state. Low announced his bill on Twitter and gave a hat tip to Andrew Yang.

Per TheHill, Low’s bill would establish a California Universal Basic Income Program funded by a new 10 percent value-added tax on goods and services in the state. According to the bill, those exempt from receiving monthly payments are those already using Medi-Cal, County Medical Services Program, CalFresh, CalWorks or Unemployment Insurance.

The proposed tax to fund the program would not apply to “medicine, medical supplies and equipment, educational materials, including textbooks, tuition or fees for education, food, groceries, and clothing.”

One city in California — Stockton — has already begun testing its own universal basic income. The test program started in April 2019 and is giving 130 residents a $500 per month for 18 months.

Stockton’s mayor expressed doubt at Low’s proposed statewide version of universal basic income over its exemptions.