Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released today the following statement in support of a universal basic income.

“I support a universal basic income because I believe that every person in this city should have their basic needs met.

“Growing up, my family struggled financially even though my father worked two to three jobs at a time and my mother held a series of low wage positions. This story is all too familiar in Chicago today, as low-wage workers are unable to support their families and many others face chronic unemployment.

“Alderman Ameya Pawar’s pilot proposal is a necessary step, and I look forward to exploring how to scale up the program when I’m mayor. I will also champion other necessary policies to foster economic security, including raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, cracking down on wage theft, and supporting the growth of labor unions to new sectors of the economy.”