Photo: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters
In the U.S. city of Stockton, California, for an experiment of a universal basic income (LPP), in which citizens living below the poverty line, for 18 months, will be paid nine thousand dollars. For each resident was calculated at $ 500 per month, Fox News reports.
Through the project, the authorities want to show that in any city with a population of over 300 thousand should not be citizens living below the poverty line. The program is planned to start in 2019. To compensation will be able to claim 100 residents living below the poverty line. They will be able to dispose of the money at its discretion.
Stockton — the capital of the U.S. debt, where every fourth citizen is living below the poverty line. The average family income in the year eight thousand dollars less compared to the median rate for the country (about 46 thousand dollars). The city owes millions of dollars because of expensive development projects and in 2012 declared bankruptcy.
According to mayor Michael Tubbs, city spent the budget on programme development to attract tourists and investors.
The experiment will be sponsored by the state at the expense of the billionaires of Silicon valley. Investors were made by many celebrities including the co-founder of Facebook Chris Hughes, who donated for the program one million dollars.
“This is the fundamental idea behind America that if you work hard, you can reach the heights and not to live in poverty today. Today, it is not true, this has not happened for decades,” said Hughes. In addition to Chris Hughes, the desire to sponsor the project expressed Elon Musk and mark Zuckerberg.
Previously, the program practiced in Finland, where unemployed per month paid 560 euros. But soon it was discontinued.
Video, photo All from Russia.