@scottsantens: Today Cook County announced the largest pilot yet in terms of total spending, where 3,250 residents (with incomes below 250% poverty level) will receive $500 a month for two years, and unlike most pilots, the intent here is to create a permanent program.

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@scottsantens: If the intent is permanence, they really should be exploring phasedown rates, to compare say 5% to 10% to 20% to 50% to 100% for example, to see how it impacts recipients, instead of just looking at cash impacts like most everyone else.Permanence means taxes. Test some rates.

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@scottsantens: “Should the U.S. implement a carbon price with a border adjustment, it would provide a strong incentive for nations doing trade with the U.S. — just about everyone — to price carbon, thereby reducing fossil fuel use around the world.”We need to do this.

Fix Our House (@scottsantens) / Twitter

@scottsantens: Pretty ironic that an attempt to counter disinformation may have been countered in its infancy by disinformation.

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@scottsantens: “It gave me breathing room where there just wasn’t any… I felt like I was going to be okay,” said Ayesha Bogart of the monthly CTC. She’s a disabled veteran and mother of three who also takes care of her mother full-time without pay.

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@scottsantens: Message that WIC gives all moms: “You’re a shitty parent because you’re poor. We don’t trust you. We not only don’t trust you to buy formula for your baby instead of drugs, but we don’t even trust you to buy the right one (unsaid: by right we mean the one we made a deal with).”

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@scottsantens: “Everyone I know applied [for the basic income pilot]; I feel guilty that I got it. If it weren’t for this program, I don’t think I could’ve done any work as an artist.”First we eat. Then we work. Not the other way around. UBI supports all work.

Patrick J. McGinnis (@scottsantens) / Twitter

@scottsantens: “I don’t qualify for assistance. You make too much money to qualify for assistance, but then you don’t make enough money to be able to save to get somewhere else to live. So I’m in that middle place – that gray area I had a hard time seeing my whole life.”UBI reaches that area.

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@scottsantens: A lot of parents out there, both conservative and liberal, who support the concept of oligopoly vouchers instead of cash, due to not trusting poor people, are now discovering that treating people as incapable of making their own choices, can indeed come back and limit their own.

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