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    • SEnkey
      Scout
      2 months ago

      I favor this approach over minimum wage hikes whose impacts differ greatly depending on locality. A federal program would also not trap folks in a dying area and give them the ability to move where opportunity is or takes them.

      There are a lot of things that can go wrong, but it is definitely worth the experiment.

      • Critter1 month ago

        Agreed, our minimum wage leaves many below the poverty line.

        Payments to citizens should not be considered welfare, they are compensation for use of shared resources.

    • Alexa2 months ago

      this sort of initiative just keeps coming up. i'm fascinated by the premise, it seems promising but i'm sure there's a stack of things that could go terribly wrong

      • Critter1 month ago

        There may be pitfalls, but without data it is hard to know what they might be.

        Within a year, the proportion of cash recipients who had full-time jobs jumped from 28 percent to 40 percent. The control group saw only a 5 percent jump over the same period.

        Small sample, but this seems like a significant data point.

    • Florian2 months ago

      Very interesting. What I’m missing is data to understand what % of the total income the $500 represented and how the results might have changed as the percentages changed