This week, state lawmakers in the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee heard a presentation on “guaranteed basic income,” a socialist proposal that would aim to reduce “income inequality” by specifically giving “free money” to “financially fragile constituents.” Unlike universal basic income (UBI), guaranteed basic income specifically takes from the haves and gives to the have nots instead of giving all people regardless of income level a check that is taken from tax dollars.
“It did send shockwaves throughout the legislature,” state Rep. Moe Maestas (D-Bernalillo) said. “It’s something that I think we should move forward with and consider doing.”
According to KOB 4, Maestas says, “Ideally, the state would pay $2 to $3 million for a pilot program next year, and then expand it two to three years down the road if all goes well.” Maestas added that New Mexico could be sending out monthly checks to 50,000 to 100,000 residents in the state.
However, state Rep. Larry Scott (R-Lea) said he had many “reservations” about the “free” money proposal, which he said would cause the state to spend “more than we can afford” on welfare programs.
The socialist proposal has been implemented in places like Stockton, California, and in Hawaii, far-left communities, which have had problems with poverty. It does not appear the free checks have helped.
The fringe far-left extremist Rep. Javier Martinez who is racist against white people was recently elected to be the Democrats’ majority floor leader after former Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton was caught up in a federal corruption scandal.
He has long been a proponent of the socialist “universal basic income” agenda, writing in 2019, “It’s time to start the conversation about a universal basic income.”
In the heat of the pandemic in March 2020, Martinez said, “Universal healthcare and universal basic income would really be useful in a time like this.”
Now, with Martinez at the helm, it could mean the socialist guaranteed basic income agenda may be seen in the 2022 30-day legislative session.