Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was called out on Twitter after she expressed shock over a California city’s universal basic income experiment. That experiment was based on Alaska’s model that guarantees a minumum income for its residents.
“Are you kidding me?” Palin tweeted along with a link to a right-wing blog that denounced the income initiative in Stockton, California, as a “socialist” concept.
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs responded later that afternoon. “Actually modeled after the Alaska Permanent Fund. Are you familiar with it?” he tweeted.
The Alaska Permanent Fund pays out dividends to Alaska residents every year. According to the state’s constitution, at least 25 percent of Alaska’s mineral royalties—mostly oil money—is deposited into that principal. As of February 2018, the fund was worth $64.7 billion. In 2017, it paid out $1,100 to qualifying residents.
Tubbs is Black.
Thank you, Alaska for helping to inform our approach! https://twitter.com/michaeldtubbs/status/980874862288805888
I wonder if the fact that Tubbs is black had anything to do with Palin’s decision to attack the Mayor?