Will Stockton’s plan to give its poorest residents $500 per month make a difference?

FILE – In this Feb. 29, 2012, file photo, a man walks past the historic Hotel Stockton in Stockton, Calif. Stockton, a Northern California city, plans to give several dozen families $500 a month for a year as part of a program to study the economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Host Chip Franklin and Nikki Medoro discussed whether Stockton is on the right track with their plan to implement an experimental pilot program to give the city’s poorest residents $500 per month, no strings attached for up to 18 months.

The project, largely the brainchild of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, will be financed via a $1.2 million fund of charity grants and is expected to roll out later this year with the goal of reducing an array of problems in the community through providing more economic stability.

Franklin thinks that $500 isn’t significant enough to make a difference and should be put toward creating education options and job opportunities instead, but Medoro can see the program’s potential, drawing parallels to a similar approach working for Richmond to back up her stance.

Hear their full conversation and additional details on the program below.


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