Hawaii, the U.S. sunny tropical paradise of a state may have been the last to join the union but it could be the first in the nation to provide financial security for its residents.
Providing universal basic income, or UBI, has been attempted in several countries in the past, but has never caught on in the states.
The proposed bill would provide basic income for all, regardless of the employment status or other usual qualifications that generally factor into welfare programs.
Hawaii state representative Chris Lee, primary lobbyist behind the legislation, proposed the formation of a “basic economic security working group” which would analyze strategies of both full and partial basic incomes.
The forum would also determine which provides the most stable foundation for the new economic system.
The proposal passed rapidly through state legislatures receiving unanimous votes from both houses.
Representative Lee stated that he introduced the bill, titled the House Concurrent Resolution …