The Austin City Council approved without objection a resolution to lay the groundwork for a guaranteed income plan — essentially a “universal basic income” (or UBI) scheme already being implemented in other left-leaning cities.
It’s the first step toward monthly payments to Austin residents. Unlike stimulus payments, this plan would be permanent and would very likely add to inflation and accelerate the already skyrocketing cost of living. The City Council is expected to review the study on Aug. 1, and any action could take place then or at a following Council meeting. Here’s why guaranteed or basic income is a bad idea.
In response to this ill-advised concept, the Travis County Republican Party Executive Committee unanimously approved the below statement in firm opposition on June 15.
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Whereas the Austin City Council approved a resolution in support of providing direct cash payments using taxpayer dollars to individuals on a monthly basis, also known as universal guaranteed income.
Be it Resolved, the Travis County Republican Party objects to the direct redistribution of wealth through socialist programs.
Be it Further Resolved, the Travis County Republican Party objects to programs that create further disincentives for unemployed, and underemployed Austin citizens to seek employment opportunities, particularly at a time where job vacancies and hourly wages are rising.
Be it Further Resolved, the Travis County Republican Party objects to the City of Austin resolution that calls for race/ethnicity, rather than need, to be a primary factor in determining acceptance into any guaranteed income program, because this action is inherently racist.
Be it Further Resolved, the Travis County Republican Party objects to any tax increases to pay for such a program, which will increase affordability issues for City of Austin Residents, particularly at a time when City of Austin Property values, and thus property tax burdens on Austinites, are increasing at a high rate. …