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The Philly Four: City experimenting with guaranteed income program

Sam Britt
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Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.

Former Eagles long snapper saves woman from fire

  • Former Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos saved a woman's life after her Huntington Beach restaurant caught fire. Dorenbos was able to wrap Ana Nakao, the co-owner of VegiLicious, in a blanket to smother the fire. Nakao suffered second and third-degree burns but the situation could have been much direr. Dorenbos credits his football background for his actions under pressure.

Philadelphia experimenting with guaranteed income

  • Philadelphia is preparing to experiment with guaranteed income by giving 60 residents in need $500 a month for 12 months. The money will be given to the chosen residents with no strings attached. Universal basic income has been brought into the mainstream public policy sphere by former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. The idea is based on the thesis that welfare policies are too restrictive with eligibility requirements and a lump cash sum will do more to raise people out of poverty. The Philadelphia program will be studied to examine its effects on the residents.

Philadelphians angry over lack of say in redistricting process

  • Philadelphia City Council has only held one virtual session where residents could voice their opinions about the redistricting process. Many are frustrated about the lack of transparency in the process so far and that those who will be directly affected by the outcome have not been given a proportional voice. A second session, held because the first did not finish in its allotted time slot, will be held on Wednesday.

New Philly restaurant will be sports betting friendly

  • Stephen Starr got zoning approval for Bankroll, his new gigantic restaurant that will cater to sports betting. Though the restaurant won't have its own gambling license, it will have everything else a sports fan would want including 400 seats, three bars, a formal dining room, event spaces, and “living room seating pods.”

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