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In some politically liberal corners of the country, including Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay area, the idea of distributing a guaranteed income has begun to gain support.Hawaii state lawmakers have voted to explore the idea of a universal basic income in light of research suggesting that a majority of waiter, cook and building cleaning jobs – vital to Hawaii's tourism-dependent economy – will eventually be replaced by machines.Supporters of a universal basic income say the money would cushion the economic pain for the affected workers.For now, philanthropic organizations founded by technology entrepreneurs have begun putting money into pilot programs to provide basic income.Providing a basic income in expensive countries like the United States would, of course, be far costlier.Karl Widerquist, co-founder of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, an informal group that promotes the idea of a basic income, suggests that Hawaii could collect a property tax from hotels, businesses and residents that could be redistributed to residents.Other proponents suggest replacing part of the nation's web of social support programs with a universal basic income.GiveDirectly is distributing money to 100 people and plans to expand to 26,000 recipients once the group reaches its $30 million funding goal, Paul Niehaus, a co-founder, said.
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