Most of the people in Madison’s guaranteed income program went shopping or went out to eat with their free 500 dollars-a-month.
The city started paying some families 500 dollars a-month in September. Yesterday, the city released a breakdown of where that money went. Nearly 60-percent was spent on shopping and/or food. About 20-percent of the money went to a car or other transportation needs, and about 10-percent went to paying bills or rent. Just over four percent of the money went for a vacation or entertainment. Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway says she’s still waiting to see if the money helped people secure housing or reduce “justice involvement.”