Californian lawmakers have unanimously passed the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the country.
Monthly cash payments of approximately $500 to $1,000 to qualifying pregnant people and young adults who recently left foster care, with no restrictions on how they spend it. According to a proposed measure, local organizations and governments are allowed to apply for money and to run their programs. The state Department of Social Services will then decide who gets the funds.
Legislators say the main purpose of this new law is to help pregnant people and young adults who grew up in foster shelters transitioning to life on their own.