Young, sincere and raised on the edge of poverty, Sukhi Samra has a mother who worked two minimum-wage jobs when she was a kid — days at a gas station and nights at a Subway. Her father is disabled. She knows what an extra $500 a month would have bought her family.“I spent a lot of 5th and 6th grade just, like, in those tables at Subway so that I could keep my mom some company and spend some time with her,” Samra said. “Five hundred a month would have meant that my mom spent a couple more hours at home with us every night.”At 23, Samra is now head of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, a pilot program to test a universal basic income. For the next year and a half, 130 residents of this struggling Central Valley city will get $500 every month, with no strings — such as employment or sobriety requirements — attached, in a social experiment that is as much public relations as rigorous research.Although its organizers have promised … [Read more...] about What would a universal basic income mean for America? Stockton thinks it has the answer
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Jeff Donn and Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press Updated 12:30 am PDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson shows the broken door to her oven that she uses string to hold together, in her apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subsidized, low-income apartment complex in Natchez, Miss. The complex failed a health and safety inspection in each of the past three years. Upset with conditions, Johnson moved out in late March. less In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Destiny Johnson shows the broken door to her oven that she uses string to hold together, in her apartment in Cedarhurst Homes, a federally subsidized, low-income apartment complex ... more Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP Image 1 of / 18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 In this … [Read more...] about Inspections show deterioration of US-funded housing for poor
Reporting from San Diego — San Diegans will probably be asked in coming years to pay for a costly, yet world-class public transit system — complete with a San Diego Grand Central, new rail lines and commute times that rival driving.To fund the ambitious vision, officials are gearing up to ask the region’s historically tax-averse electorate to approve not one but two new tax hikes, the first of which could be before voters as soon as November 2020.For months, leaders at the county’s premiere transportation and planning agency, the San Diego Assn. of Governments, have sketched out the need for tens of billions of dollars in public funding to overhaul the region’s transit system.Now officials with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System say they’re also serious about pursuing a tax increase to pay for bus and rail upgrades.Political and transportation experts have said the move could be risky, potentially confusing voters and stretching … [Read more...] about San Diegans could face two tax hikes to fund world-class transit system. But will they foot the bill?
Artist's impression of the new Priscilla Bacon Hospice. Photo: Priscilla Bacon Hospice Priscilla Bacon Hospice Her name is synonymous with high quality end of life care and there is scarcely a family in Norfolk who has not been touched by the service she dedicated herself to. Lady Priscilla Bacon. Photo: ArchantNow, the legacy of Priscilla, Lady Bacon, is to flourish as an ambitious bid to relocate and expand the hospice which bears her name is to be launched tonight.The original Priscilla Bacon Lodge, at the Colman Hospital on Unthank Road, has a 40-year history, having opened in July 1979.But there is an urgent need for expansion and modernisation - the population of Norfolk has grown threefold since it was built. In 2015 10,615 people died in Norfolk and Waveney, and 7,380 of them needed palliative care.Lady Bacon at the Raveningham Gardens, Raveningham Hall. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodBut in central Norfolk there are just 16 specialist palliative care beds, when it is recommended … [Read more...] about Norfolk legacy to continue as £12.5m appeal launched for new hospice
Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin, Associated Press Updated 9:40 pm PST, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen through a beveled window at the Library of Congress in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. President Donald Trump this week appears likely to pass up his last, best chance to secure funding for the “beautiful” wall he’s long promised to construct along the U.S.-Mexico border. less The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen through a beveled window at the Library of Congress in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. President Donald Trump this week appears likely to pass up his last, best ... more Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen … [Read more...] about Trump on verge of giving up best chance to secure wall money