Editorial: Marin equity divide makes income initiative a worthy experiment

By: Marin Independent Journal Editorial Board April 3, 2021

Turning talk into action, Marin Community Foundation and Marin County are joining forces to launch a universal basic income initiative aimed at providing 125 low-income single minority mothers with $1,000 per month for two years.

The goal is to bridge the economic equity chasm and racial divide in our county.

The foundation is committing $3 million and the county is investing $400,000 for the trial to see how a guaranteed income can help address poverty and racial inequities.

“We are starting with those moms with the greatest aggregate of challenges; low income, young children and facing the daily travails and insults of overt and covert racial discrimination,” said Thomas Peters, the foundation’s chief executive.