A New Hampshire family that received a $1,000-a-month “freedom dividend” for a year from the campaign of Democratic presidential contender Andrew Yang spent most of the money on college bills – but also on an improv class for the unemployed dad.
Chuck Fassi had lost his job as a manager for a company servicing chemical dispensing equipment when his family got the first check in January 2019.
He had never heard of Yang before his daughter, Janelle, mentioned the candidate’s universal basic income plan, or UBI, and nominated her family for it.
“Janelle actually came home and said: ‘Hey, there’s this Asian guy running for president, and he’s running a platform of universal basic income,’” Fassi said at his home in Goffstown, New Hampshire, on Friday.
The timing was perfect. “When you go from making $80,000 a year to zero and not being able to take care of your family … it affects your psyche quite a bit,” Fassi said.
During a debate last year, Yang, an entrepreneur and former tech executive, disclosed his plan to give 10 families in the United States $1,000 a month for a year as a test case.
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