Has the time come for universal basic income?

Universal basic income was championed by Martin Luther King Jr., promoted by Silicon Valley citizens as the “social vaccine for the 21st century” and endorsed by 2016 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, but the notion of government-guaranteed payments to residents has never really caught on.

Now its time may have come.

On Thursday, California lawmakers unanimously approved the nation’s first state-funded guaranteed income program. Once the bill is signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, cities and counties can apply for funding from a $35 million pool to support current or new pilots that prioritize pregnant mothers and young people who recently left the foster care system. The White House has also rolled

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