RAHM’S FINAL ACT: Chicago sets up universal income task force as the city seeks ways to tackle their poverty problem.
Rahm Emanuel will form a task force that will consider implementing the so-called “universal basic income” program in the city, as the embattled mayor seeks to cement his progressive legacy.
Shouldn’t it be “universal bankruptcy?”
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The idea for the program, which would make monthly payments to a number of Chicago families without any conditions, has been floated around in the city for months now.
Back in June, Chicago’s North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar introduced a resolution calling upon the mayor to launch the pilot of the program and pay 1,000 families $500 every month.
The new task force set up by Emanuel, according to the Chicago Tribune, will have a panel that will decide whether such welfare initiative could work in the city.
Pawar, who will be part of the panel, claims universal basic income is a way to tackle poverty amid the loss of jobs due to automation and the offshoring of industries. More
With Emanuel not seeking a third term, it’s tempting to think the task force is a way to take some credit for considering universal basic income only to push the decision of whether to implement the program to his successor when he steps down in May. But Pawar said he doesn’t think that’s the case.
“Chicago would be the largest city in the country to take this step,” Pawar said. “I think the mayor sees this as a chance to lead the way as cities try to grapple with poverty and income inequality at a time the federal government is not addressing those things. This would be a legacy issue (for Emanuel).”
The task force will start from scratch and will not use his June proposal as its jumping-off point, Pawar said. Service Employees International Union Local 1 President Tom Balanoffwill join Pawar in chairing the task force along with Celena Roldan, CEO of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois, the alderman said. More
Trump and the Republicans are offering jobs to lift yourself up and make you self-sufficient and independent, Democrats are offering more dependency.
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