Every eligible recipient of this $1,000/month universal basic income, regardless of location, would receive $1,000 a month. Varying the dollar amount by location would add expensive layers of bureaucracy. Plus, this $1,000/month would actually help many more Americans live where they want to. The Census Bureau shows that Americans are moving between states at the lowest levels on record, contributing to a stagnant economy and labor market. (Click link here.) Moving requires a lot of money up-front, and Americans are increasingly strapped for cash. $1,000/month would make people and families much more mobile and improve the dynamism of the labor market as people seek out new environments and opportunities.
$1,000 a month goes farther in some places than others. $1,000/month would lead to a revitalization of many communities as people take advantage of lower costs of living in certain areas instead of piling into expensive metro areas.