Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Cupertino) represents a large part of the South Bay, the heart of the Silicon Valley.
He just introduced AB 2712, proposing a universal basic income for Californians.
Perhaps the bill is no surprise, given Low was the national co-chair of Andrew Yang's presidential campaign, which was based on the idea of giving every American adult $1,000 a month.
Low introduced Yang when the candidate was here last month, when he was still in the running for President.
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On Monday, Low talked about it with ABC7 News anchor Kristen Sze.
CA lawmaker and former @AndrewYang campaign vo-chair @Evan_Low proposes CA Universal Basic Income bill. $1,000/month/adult funded by 10% #VAT on goods & services. #UBI #YangGang #California pic.twitter.com/QjjNm0cWk8— Kristen Sze ABC7 (@abc7kristensze) February 25, 2020
"This is basically mirrored similarly to the proposal of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, in which we would be giving individuals in the state of California $1,000 a month to provide a baseline level of trickle up economics," Low said.
Yang has tweeted his support for Low's bill.
But there are still skeptics.
Some say paying for it with a 10 percent tax on goods and services, like those bought on Amazon, would hurt the poor.
Stockton's mayor Michael Tubbs, whose city has a universal basic income pilot program, has another concern.
He tweets that people shouldn't have to choose between public assistance and the $1,000 a month, as Low's bill is currently written.
Haven’t read the details yet but conceptually I am still opposed to any plan that would exclude those on existing benefits or have them give up their benefits in exchange for a ubi, especially while other people not on benefits do not have to lose anything to gain. https://t.co/WiZTRNnJVp— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) February 21, 2020
Low says he's open to input and changes, but the point that drove Yang's campaign farther than imagined remains relevant.
"This is an issue that transcends any type of candidacy of an individual," Low said. "But rather this is about a movement, a grassroots movement to making sure we re-write the rules of the economy to make sure it works for everyone."
Low's bill now goes to committee to figure out the cost and other details.
To pass, it would need a two-thirds majority vote, which could make it an uphill climb.