New documentary shines light on impact of “guaranteed income” programs

CBS News

Just a few years ago, the idea of giving people money with no strings attached was seen as ludicrous in mainstream policy circles. This week, a documentary on so-called “guaranteed income” programs premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that underscores just how much currency the idea has gained.

The film, “It’s Basic,” follows participants in guaranteed, or basic, income pilot programs across the U.S., highlighting the transformative impact a regular payday can have for Americans struggling to make ends meet. 

Produced by Michael Tubbs, the former mayor of Stockton, California, and founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, the film aims both to further normalize such policies as way of supporting people in need, boosting local communities, and ameliorating many of the social and economic ills that afflict America. 

More than 100 cities across the U.S. are currently piloting basic income programs. The film follows five basic income recipients in different cities, its director, Marc Levin told CBS News.

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