California Town Could Create Program For Free Monthly Income To Transgender Residents

A pilot program to provide an universal basic income for transgender residents was created by the Palm Springs City Council.

In late March, the council unanimously authorized $200,000 for two non-profit organizations Queer Works (DAP Health) and DAP Health.

These two organizations are actively developing the pilot program. The groups will then apply for $35 million state funding to fund a universal income program.

NPR reports that “this was just the first step to develop the program, which would provide a regular no-strings-attached stipend.”

MSN indicates the groups haven’t settled on any specific numbers they are currently seeking but similar efforts have “ranged between $600 and $900 in direct funding per month for about 20 individuals, for a period of 18 months.”

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Palm Springs moves towards universal income for transgender residents

Lisa Middleton of Palm Springs has denied any involvement in the funding of universal basic income payments to their transgender residents.

“It is not what the headlines are reporting,” Middleton told the Advocate. “The headlines are wrong. And forgive me for saying that loudly, but it needs to be said the headlines have got it wrong.”

Middleton was first elected to the City Council in 2017 and is the first transgender person to be elected in California for a non-judicial position. Her election as the first Californian openly transgender mayor was in December 2021.

However, the city continues to live up to its reputation for being a place of beauty. IsFunding for the application process to receive additional funding. This would be used by transgender groups participating in a pilot universal basic income program. 

Middleton clarifies that the funding is ‘indirect.’

The Advocate reports Middleton’s explanation that “the funds provided by the city were meant only to help the program navigate through the application process to obtain funding from the state government, and not fund directly fund UBI.”

The founder of Queer Works, Jacob Rostovsky, hinted to NPR that the program could also fund other groups, though he didn’t say who that might be.

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The Country’s Wokest

Middleton’s argument appears to be that the state of California would eventually be on the hook for the actual funding of such a program in the future. 

Jason Rantz from Seattle was scathing about the city when he spoke with Tucker Carlson, Fox News’ host.

He said the plan was “the country’s ‘wokest’ guaranteed income scheme” to date.

In contrast to Palm Springs ‘wokest’ efforts, at the other end of the country, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blasted the NCAA for allowing transgender swimmer Lia Thomas to compete in women’s events and declaring the second-place swimmer Emma Weyant the rightful champion.

“By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud,” DeSantis said in a tweet.

Donald Trump vowed to ban biological males (transgender women) from competing in women’s sports should he run for and win the election as President in 2024.

Evidently, there are many different views on the subject. 

In the past, lawmakers from AOC and Mitt Romney supported universal income systems in various contexts.