California lawmakers unanimously approved the nation’s first taxpayer-funded guaranteed income plan Thursday.
The bill sets aside $35 million for no-strings-attached monthly cash payments to some pregnant women and young adults who recently left foster care.
The move comes after Oakland and other municipalities approved a monthly stipend for some disadvantaged residents — a philosophy that has been gaining nationwide momentum and was championed by failed presidential and New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang.
The vote came as millions of Americans received their first monthly payments from an extension of the federal child tax credit.
Sacramento lawmakers from both sides of the aisle universally supported the measure.
“If you look at the stats for our foster youth, they are devastating,” Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk said. “We should be doing all we can to lift these young people up.”
Under the measure, local governments will apply for the money from the state Department of Social Services, and decide how to