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21 Dec 2021
American Cities Provide Monetary Relief to the Poor, Brightening Up the Season of Giving
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As the world inches towards its second pandemic holiday season, cities across the United States prove their benevolence through their simple yet powerful way of paying it forward.
A Reuters report found that as many as 16 cities and counties are implementing an unconditional monetary program for its impoverished residents with 31 other local legislations preparing to follow suit in the coming months.
Michael Tubbs, the former mayor of Stockton, California said, "It's a complete rejection of the notion that we need to Big Brother people to a way out of poverty." The ongoing pandemic led the federal government to sanction $800 billion stimulus check packages over the course of the last two years, to help families and individuals struggling financially.
Melvin Carter, the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota contended, "We're 60 years into the war on poverty, and the notion of giving money to poor people still feels profoundly new. Maybe that's the problem."
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