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Participants across the country have told BI they spent basic income money to pay rent, afford groceries, pay off debt, and support their children. In April, Chicago announced that it will restart it's basic income program. The renewed Chicago program will join a wave of over 100 basic-income pilots that have been launched since 2019. Fisher is still worried about costs, but Chicago basic income gave her 'a brand new start'When Fisher began receiving basic income, she felt immediate relief. With basic income payments, Fisher was able to afford daily expenses and buy the clothes and shoes she and her daughter needed.
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The share of US households making just enough to get by but not getting assistance is rising nationwide. The income threshold for this group varies widely between states and cities. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . These households face an economic predicament: They earn too much money to receive most government assistance, but they're still barely getting by. It might be an income of $130,000 for a family of six near St. Louis or $25,000 for a family of three in Michigan.
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Basic income has become a trending strategy to combat poverty in cities nationwide. ARPA funds have been used to partially or fully fund most US basic-income pilots so far, but funds are set to expire. While philanthropy and nonprofit work have been central to basic-income pilots, they are not always a long-term or large-scale funding solution. More GBI programs are electing to focus on specific groups of participants, like low-income parents with children and foster youth. The program is funded through the Temporary Aid to Needy Families Program (TANF), an existing federal cash assistance program for low-income families.
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Kelley used to drive 30 minutes across the Kentucky border every morning to work as a security guard. A growing number of American households can barely pay their bills but make too much to qualify for government assistance. Kelley can't afford healthcare and has started selling her plasma for extra moneyKelley said her top expenses are housing and food. She also said it's a lot more difficult to qualify for government assistance since she isn't actively supporting children. "If you make too much, there's no help; if you are healthy, there's no help; if you don't have kids, there's no help."
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Read previewLincoln County, Kansas is recruiting new residents. But local community leaders are hoping to attract remote workers and grow the local economy by offering new residents $4,500 cash, a $500 credit toward high-speed internet, a gym membership, and a monthly basket of farm-fresh eggs. These programs were launched in West Lafayette, Indiana; Ellsworth County, Kansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and more. To qualify, remote workers must be employed full-time, make at least $50,000 annually, and reside outside Kansas before moving. The program is marketed and monitored by Make My Move, an Indianapolis-based company that helps communities connect with remote workers through cash and perks.
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HIFIs are people who are high income, financially insecure. They're predominantly made up of millennials and Gen Zers who want to exude wealth. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . People who fall into this category are HIFIs, individuals who are high income, financially insecure. They're predominantly made up of millennials and Gen Zers, per Sherwood News, who want to exude "old money" or "quiet luxury" but who are struggling to keep up with their lifestyle creep.
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TradeBiden has left some of Trump's tariffs in place, illustrating the protectionist bent that continues to take hold in Washington. Biden has left some of Trump's tariffs in place, illustrating the protectionist bent that continues to take hold in Washington. As president, Trump fixated on the US trade deficit even as some economists argued against reading too much into such figures. He didn't see the fruits of his biggest trade deal, which went into effect in July 2020: the USMCA, a revamped North American trade deal known Experts at Brookings Institution have praised the treaty for growing regional trade. Trump has pledged to kill the Biden administration's new Asian trade talks, which the former president has dubbed "TPP two."
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It's a studio-size garage apartment that she shares with her partner, her 11-year-old daughter, and their dog. The Airbnb is the third place in southeastern North Carolina where Hedden and her family have lived since mid-January. Advertisement"I'm not homeless enough to get certain help because I have a roof over my head," she said. "But I'm too homeless to get a job because I don't know where I'm going to live in three weeks. Without help, Hedden said she's "trying not to drown."
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A growing number of child-free adults, however, are falling through the cracks of the US economy. Many low-income childfree adults fall into the ALICE category — people who are asset-limited, income-constrained, and employed. The majority of these adults don't receive any state or federal rental assistance. AdvertisementMany Social Security and Medicare programs also primarily offer assistance to older adults, excluding adults under 62. He suggested expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to benefit more adults without children, along with removing the extra qualifications childfree adults must meet to access SNAP benefits.
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The couple is part of a growing number of Americans who live above the federal poverty line but struggle to afford basic necessities. The poverty line isn't adjusted to reflect cost-of-living differences in individual cities or states and is set at $20,440 a year for a family of two. Binkley is trying to "make ends meet," hopes to leave Minnesota one dayPrimarily, Binkley said she struggles with her rent and utility bills. AdvertisementFor food, Binkley said she is especially thankful for her local food pantries, where she often goes to pick up canned goods. "That is one thing that keeps driving me to make my payments, get things caught up, and set a little bit aside each week or each month, Binkley said.
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Ann Arbor's program, called Guaranteed Income to Grow Ann Arbor, is giving low- and moderate-income residents $528 a month, no strings attached. Over 50 municipalities have tried the GBI model since 2019, offering low-income participants between $100 and $1,000 a month, no strings attached for one to five years. "This pilot will help us learn whether guaranteed income payments can be an effective way to help some entrepreneurs with their business efforts." Chicago announced in April that it restarted its previous GBI program that offered low-income residents $500 a month. A GBI program in Harris County, Texas is being challenged by Attorney General Ken Paxton, who called the program "unconstitutional."
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Read previewYoung Americans are feeling increasingly isolated from their offices and classrooms, and these "disconnected youth" — or "opportunity youth" — may be ill-positioned for the future. Loneliness and a tough job market are leaving many Gen Zers feeling stuck, isolated, and unsupported. In fact, they're members of the disconnected youth — defined as Gen Zers who are not in school and not working. Disconnected youth are at risk of long-term stagnationMost Gen Zers — who are between the ages of 12 and 27 — are in this decisive decade. How to help disconnected youthAlthough many disconnected youth struggle with school and work, researchers cautioned against a "one size fits all" solution.
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And there are three key reasons Gen Zers' decisive decade will shape their ongoing mental and financial health. Unhappiness can shape long-term mental healthGen Zer's mental health outcomes are shaped by their involvement in school and work, Brookings researchers said. AdvertisementAt work, many Gen Zers are struggling with anxiety, work-life balance, and burnout — more so than millennials, Gen X, and boomers. Unhappiness and social isolation are especially affecting Gen Zers who reached adolescence during the pandemic. Not all Gen Zers start on equal footingTo be sure, Gen Zers' education, work, and financial outcomes are also dependent on their life circumstances in childhood.
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Kirsch is hoping to start collecting Social Security checks in a couple of years, just before his 67th birthday. Related storiesFor many, Social Security won't be enough to fill the gaps. As of March 2024, the Social Security Administration said that its average monthly check sent to recipients is $1,774.83. And, if lawmakers don't intervene, the US Social Security fund is set to dry out by the late 2030s. "Start saving and do it as aggressively as you can," he said.
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Guaranteed basic-income programs can help low-income participants afford necessities like rent. Despite legislative opposition, basic-income programs remain active across the country. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementIngrid Sullivan, 48, used her cash from the San Antonio guaranteed basic-income program to rent a home where her grandchildren can play in the yard. "My life was always just a couple hundred dollars short," Sullivan told Business Insider.
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This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. As the main income earner for her household, Tobias works to support her 19-year-old son, her fiancé, and her fiancé's mother. Advertisement"I make too much to get help," she told Business Insider. AdvertisementAnd, guaranteed basic-income programs — which are being tried in cities across the US — typically only apply to families living below the poverty line. Tobias works full-time but struggles to afford utilities and healthcareElectricity and mortgage bills are Tobias' top expenses.
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He knows the GBI money will help him breathe a little easier. Uplift Harris' program will begin payments in the meantime, according to the office of Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis. Uplift Harris participants hope the program will make them more financially stableGuaranteed basic income is an increasingly popular solution to combat poverty in US cities. GBI participants have previously told BI that they used the funds to secure housing and food, pay off debt, and afford school supplies for their children. Have you benefited from a guaranteed basic income program?
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Rising insurance costs could keep homeownership out of reach for many. AdvertisementAdding to that, as the climate crisis escalates, it's likely homeowners insurance will only become more expensive. The climate crisis is causing homeowners' insurance costs to riseThe average American homeowner pays $1,915 a year in insurance costs — about $160 a month — per NerdWallet. For instance, insurance rates increase in states with more severe natural disasters. Have you chosen to rent or move because of homeownership costs?
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Small businesses are seeing labor growth this year, but hospitals still have staffing shortages. Healthcare worker numbers are steadily growing but remain below pre-pandemic trends, according to a Bank of America report published in April. Outpatient care centers are 9.4% behind on growth, while the hospital labor force has seen small gains at 0.3%. In fact, healthcare workers made up a significant portion of the people leaving their jobs during the Great Resignation. Patients will still see labor shortages in ERs and care facilitiesDespite labor gains, patients could still experience the impacts of the physician shortage.
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Australia's superannuation system mandates employer-funded retirement contributions. Meanwhile, the US retirement system has become anxiety-inducing for many, as older adults struggle to make ends meet. AdvertisementAustralian retirement system puts saving responsibility on employers, not employeesAmerica's current retirement infrastructure includes two major categories: defined contribution plans and Social Security. This differs from the American system, where retirees' money is often held between a 401(k), other accounts, and outside investments. Still, Reilly cautioned that applying Australia's retirement system to the US could negatively affect employee wages.
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Danielle Shultz is a professional dancer and runs her own corporate wellness business. Her business, Triangle Sessions, has landed contracts with Google, Meta, and Deloitte. She also runs her startup Triangle Sessions, which offers corporate wellness and team-building events. When she's not at dance rehearsal, Shultz teaches Triangle Sessions classes on topics like relaxation and terrarium building. Danielle Shultz, 36, is a dancer with The Metropolitan Opera and runs her own corporate wellness business.
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Adderall supply issues, which began in October 2022, are making the medication more expensive. The Biden Administration said it's focused on strengthening manufacturing supply chains for Adderall. AdvertisementIt's been 18 months since the US Food and Drug Administration announced an Adderall shortage. The prescription fill rate for ADHD medications fell from 44.5% in December 2022 to 40.7% in February 2023, the study found. Have you been impacted by the Adderall shortage or high prescription drug costs?
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Cities like San Antonio, Austin, Denver, Boston, and Minneapolis have turned to basic-income pilot programs to explore ways to reduce those poverty levels. Republicans in Texas, Arizona, Iowa, and South Dakota are making efforts to ban GBI programs at the municipal and state level. AdvertisementStates and cities sometimes fund basic-income programsMany basic-income programs receive funding directly from state and local governments. Nonprofits and philanthropy play a key role in basic-income fundingOther basic-income programs are organized through a nonprofit, or receive funding from foundations and private donors. Along with funding cash payments, the Economic Security Project said that philanthropic donations can help a GBI programs pay for income policy research.
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Major airlines' bottom line depends on credit card companiesThe Credit Card Competition Act , which was introduced to Congress in June 2023 would require major banks to use at least one credit card payment network that isn't Mastercard or Visa — companies that control more than 80% of US credit card transactions — to introduce more competition into the credit card market. AdvertisementSen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, is the lead sponsor of the Credit Card Competition Act. AdvertisementCredit card rewards incentivize travelersBusinesses typically make up for these credit card swipe fees by raising prices for customers. Bohorquez, however, said increased credit card competition is unlikely to lower prices in practice. "I hope that people continue to earn and enjoy their credit card points and take a lot of free trips."
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AdvertisementCities that offer financial support to low-income families could see a decline in child abuse rates, researchers say. Welfare referrals can stem from suspected physical harm of a child, sexual abuse of a child, or situations where a child isn't given basic necessities. Economic stress creates risk factors for abuseDarwiche is a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and specializes in cases of child abuse. Financial safety nets could reduce child neglectDarwiche called income support a prevention strategy for child abuse. Child tax credits, similarly, allow some families to rise out of poverty by offering ongoing financial relief to adults with dependents.
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