Texas Supreme Court temporarily blocks Harris County guaranteed income program

(The Center Square) – The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an administrative stay to temporarily block Harris County’s “Uplift Harris” guaranteed income pilot program from going into effect, granting a request filed earlier in the day by Attorney General Ken Paxton.

This is after two lower courts, the 165th District Court and the 14th Court of Appeals, denied his request for a temporary injunction, ruling in favor of Harris County in a lawsuit Paxton filed to stop it from going into effect.

More than 82,000 Harris County residents had applied to participate in the program as of its Feb. 2 deadline. Participants were already chosen and slated to receive their first payments April 24.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo first announced in June 2023 the plan to create the program using $20.5 million in COVID-19 relief money the county received through the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act. The
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