Ulster County's UBI experiment proves at least one thing: tremendous need

It’s been two months since Ulster County began what was, at the county level at least, a first-in-the-nation experiment: providing direct cash relief to our residents—$500 per month for 12 months. The response has been both heartbreaking and encouraging; and now with the program fully up and running, some fascinating patterns are starting to emerge.

These patterns offer valuable insights to government officials around the state or even around the country who may be considering such a program or who may be interested in its broader economic impacts.

Our initial findings are encouraging. Folks are not sitting on this money—they are spending it in the local economy. And there are

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