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October 4, 2019

$500 a month for free: Data shows how people spent the money

  • Researchers overseeing the program said their goal was to measure how the money impacts the physical and mental health of the recipients.
  • By ADAM BEAM
    Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first data from an experiment in a California city where needy people get $500 a month from the government shows they spend most of it on things such as food, clothing and utility bills.

    The 18-month, privately funded program started in February and involves 125 people in Stockton. It is one of the few experiments testing the concept of “universal basic income,” an old idea getting new attention from Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.


     
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