Adam Beam
Adam Beam
Writing about California's budget, water, pensions and health care for the AP. South Carolina native. Tell me things: abeam@ap.org.Source
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New data shows how basic universal income recipients spent free money

New data shows how basic universal income recipients spent free money

The first data from an experiment in a California city where needy people get $500 a month from the government shows they spend most of it on things like food, clothing and utility bills. The 18-month, privately funded program started in February and involves 125 people in Stockton. It is one of the few experiments testing the concept of “universal basic income,” an old idea getting new attention from Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination. Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs has committed to publicly releasing data throughout the experiment to win over skeptics and, he hopes,...

October 4, 2019
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California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation’s most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive. The plan won’t stop people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But in 2035 it would end the sale of all new such vehicles in the state of nearly 40 million people that accounts for more than one out of every 10 new cars sold in the U.S. California would be the first state with such a...

Sep 23
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California rushes to prevent virus spread among the homeless

California rushes to prevent virus spread among the homeless

Home to the largest homeless population in the country, California officials are rushing to get tens of thousands of people off the streets and into shelters and tents to slow the spread of the coronavirus among one of the most vulnerable and difficult-to-reach groups. There has been only one confirmed death among California's estimated 150,000 homeless people, but authorities believe that without swift intervention, it's only a matter of time before the virus sweeps through homeless encampments and gathering spots where people are in close proximity and can't practice proper hygiene, like...

March 20, 2020
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A California City Tested Universal Basic Income. Here's How Recipients Spent the $500 in Free Money

A California City Tested Universal Basic Income. Here's How Recipients Spent the $500 in Free Money

The first data from an experiment in a California city where needy people get $500 a month from the government shows they spend most of it on things like food, clothing and utility bills. The 18-month, privately funded program started in February and involves 125 people in Stockton. It is one of the few experiments testing the concept of “universal basic income,” an old idea getting new attention from Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

March 6, 2020
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California To Give Cash Payments To Immigrants Impacted By Coronavirus

California To Give Cash Payments To Immigrants Impacted By Coronavirus

California will be the first state to give cash to undocumented immigrants hurt by the pandemic. California will be the first state to give cash to immigrants living in the country illegally who are hurt by the coronavirus, offering $500 apiece to 150,000 adults who were left out of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress. Many Americans began receiving $1,200 checks from the federal government this week, and others who are unemployed are getting an additional $600 a week from the government that has ordered them to stay home and disrupted what had been a roaring economy. ...

April 16, 2020
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