I’m a fan of UBI, but we need to implement slowly. Start with $100 to $200 a month. Then watch how the economy and social dynamics changes. Make increases slowly. As the UBI payments get better, start scaling back social programs.
Right now, if we give everyone $1,000 a month, a lot of workers will quit their jobs. Even though their work is not paid well, it is still important work to be done.
Give them $200 a month. Most will stay with their current jobs. The extra money will give them some extra disposable income. That money is likely to circulate in the local economy, helping other low-wage workers.
Pilot UBI programs in Canada and Finland were targeted to people who had trouble finding jobs. The programs gave people a living wage, but few of them found a job.