Palm Springs, California’s city council has given approval for a two-year trial program that will provide 20 people who identify as a “transgender” or a “non-binary” with a guaranteed income of $600 to $900 per month. The expenditure will set taxpayers back around $200,000.
“We are delighted to be a lighthouse of optimism for the rest of the nation in Palm Springs,” Christy Holstege, one of the bill’s sponsors, stated on Twitter. “We’ve worked hard to create an open society. Our most recent ideas include a test project for trans and non-binary people that would provide them with a guaranteed income.”
According to the Daily Mail, which was there at the meeting, the local council voted fully in favor of the new social justice program on Friday. The “transgender” mayor, who uses the name Lisa Middleton and is referred to as a woman throughout the document, has concerns about it:
“My main concern is whether these guaranteed income programs can scale up to the scale of the problems we’re facing,” says Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who voted in favor of this pilot program.
“The Palm Springs experiment as it is called will be partially offset by the state, which has allocated $35 million for guaranteed income studies – a policy that became a major issue during Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign, when he promoted universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 per month for everyone over 18.”
Another gay city official is opposing the initiative. Carl DeMaio, the former San Diego City Councilman, and a GOP member who was the first publicly gay member of the council, labeled the plan “outrageous and prejudiced.”
“We are completely against guaranteed or UBI programs because they inevitably cause inflation and increase the cost of living for everyone — they do not work,” DeMaio said.
“However, at least some of them have minimal income requirements to be qualified, but this one has no-strings-attached liberal virtue signaling to the gay community in a manner that is not just offensive but also discriminatory.”