THE PEOPLE OF STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA MIGHT WANT TO RETHINK THEIR CHOICE FOR MAYOR…
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs says that for way too long, his city has been known for headlines about bankruptcy, violent crime and the housing collapse.
In the future, he wants it to be known as a place willing to test bold solutions… Bold solutions?
We’d call it a socialist solution that will bankrupt the city in a hurry!
The people chosen for this program get to spend the $500 in any way they choose. What happens when this mayor runs out of other people’s money to give out?
Tubbs, a Stockton native and Stanford graduate who is all of 27 years old, wants to give at least $500 a month to a select group of residents. They’ll be able to spend it as they wish, for 18 months, in a pilot program to test the impact of what’s called guaranteed basic income.
If the very sound of that knocked you half off your chair, this next initiative might finish the job.
BRIBING CRIMINALS…WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG!
Isn’t this incentivizing people to become criminals so they can cash in on the $1,000?
Stockton is about to award stipends of up to $1,000 a month to residents deemed most likely to shoot somebody. This program is called Advance Peace, and it’s modeled after a crime reduction program in the Bay Area city of Richmond.
The idea is that a small number of people are responsible for a large percentage of violence, and offering them an alternative path — with counseling and case management over an 18-month period, along with a stipend if they stay the course — can be a good investment all around.
“Let me be clear, Advance Peace is not a get out of jail free card,” Tubbs wrote in explaining the program on Stockton’s public safety website. “Participating in this program doesn’t erase the past, but it does help these young men learn how to make better choices for their own and our community’s collective future.”
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Why This 27-Year-Old Mayor Is Giving His City’s Poorest Residents $500 a Month–No Strings Attached
For the typical family in Stockton, Calif. $500 extra month is a lot. It could be enough to lease a new car or feed a small family or cover about half what they owe in rent.
Could it also be enough to lift them into the middle class?
Michael Tubbs, the 27-year-old mayor of the struggling city where one in four residents live in poverty, thinks so. Now, with a big grant funded by Silicon Valley, he’s about to find out.
The city is getting ready to give 100 Stockton families $500 a month, with no strings attached, for up to 18 months. The idea — essentially the government handing out free money — may seem far-fetched. But the aim is to find ways to shore up left-behind areas of the economy in an era when economic growth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands.