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Guaranteed Income Program – Iowa House Approves Ban, Targets Polk County’s Uplift Initiative

Controversial Iowa Law Puts Brakes on Local Guaranteed Income Programs

Controversial Iowa Law Restricts Local Government Assistance Programs

In Iowa, the state’s House recently passed a law that stops local governments from starting or continuing basic income programs that give people money each month without any conditions. This law aims to stop a program called UpLift, which helps 110 people in Polk County by giving them $500 every month. The money helps them pay for important things like food and housing. Some lawmakers who supported the law think these kinds of programs are bad for the state. They say it is like socialism, a system where the government controls many things in society. But others, especially Democrats think the law takes away the power of local governments to help their communities. They believe that local leaders should be able to try new ideas to help people in need.

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Concerns Arise Over Early Termination of UpLift Program Under New Iowa Law

UpLift, which started with support from many organizations in central Iowa, will continue until January 2025 under this law. But some groups worry that ending the program early could make it hard to gather important information. The program has helped many people, especially those living in Polk County and in cities. Most of the participants work full time but still struggle with low incomes.

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