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Mountain View prepares to roll out basic income pilot program giving select residents $500 a month

Original post made on Sep 27, 2021

The city of Mountain View is looking to give low-income families $500 monthly checks with no strings attached, joining a growing number of cities across the country testing out a guaranteed basic income program.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 27, 2021, 1:35 PM

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Posted by SRB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Sep 27, 2021 at 2:44 pm

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Guaranteed Income for Administrators and Consultants? The extra administrative/research costs are obscene: 550K to 650K compared to the 1M in direct benefits to residents. Unless these additional costs can come down to earth, City should probably re-allocate the 1M to CSA or the Mountain View Solidary Fund (both programs have much lower administrative overhead while serving residents with similar needs).


Posted by Mark
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 28, 2021 at 5:18 am

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For families. But apparently single people will not be welcome to participate in this experiment in social equity.


Posted by Parks
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Sep 28, 2021 at 11:26 am

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Not sure I'd call it "Universal" if the struggling middle class is excluded, as per usual.


Posted by Polomom
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 28, 2021 at 9:14 pm

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Why is nobody objecting to the insane cost to administer this program?


Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 28, 2021 at 10:14 pm

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I hope that the comments here are indicative of the population of Mountain View in seeing that this program is expensive, arbitrarily administrated, and an overall bad idea. Kinda par for the course from the Mountain View City council.


Posted by DEWT
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 29, 2021 at 6:17 pm

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I agree with all the comments above. Does the city have money to throw away? Whatever happened to personal responsibility?


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 30, 2021 at 3:44 pm

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The administrative costs are 'unsubstainable'. This means for three dollars spent - (from Revenue) - less than 2 dollars go to direct benefit of the suffering. Not quite as bad as War on Poverty as I remember, but such overhead starts to defeat the very purpose of this Public Policy design.
(I ageee @SRB)
There is also the fact that this is a one-shot program. One-time Grant and other unsustainable Revenue sources. Maybe - it will prove itself (and what - prestartup is the definition and metric of "success"). Researchers in this field - with rock solid metrics and methodology and No Ax To Grind, should be the only ones to get past a RFQ screening process. No Experience, No MV interest!
(IMO)


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