|Posted:||July 12, 2023 02:45 PM|
|From:||Representative Ben Waxman and Rep. Morgan Cephas, Rep. Christopher M. Rabb|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Universal Basic Income Study|
|As the cost of living continues to rise throughout our country, more and more Americans are supportive of giving a monthly amount of money to every adult resident regardless of employment through a type of program known as universal basic income. Designed to help improve the lives of those in poverty, universal basic income pilot programs have been implemented in nearly 20 cities in the U.S. These programs can have a real benefit on our communities: a universal basic income program in California found that those participating in the initiative reported improved job prospects, financial stability, and an increased overall well-being.
It is crucial to ensure Pennsylvanians have the ability to meet their basic needs such as food, housing, and clothing. For this reason, we will be introducing legislation that would require the Department of Human Services to conduct a study and issue a report on the efficacy of a universal basic income pilot program and determine which municipalities could best implement such a program.
Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation. This study would be a vital first step in understanding how a universal basic income pilot program could be implemented in Pennsylvania.