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Conservative Opposition Party in Japan Calls for Universal Basic Income

Opposition Ishin pledges streamlined social safety net as election nears by consolidating social security programs into a single basic …

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What the Rich Don’t Want to Admit About the Poor

The U.S. economy needs a sprawling labor force willing to work tough jobs at crummy wages to keep goods …

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[OPINION] Why Universal Basic Income is a solution to the Philippines’ problems

‘With UBI, individuals can determine what they need most, at the price they deem best’ By: CLARO ARRIOLA III …

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Don’t Just Send People Money During a Pandemic—Do It All the Time

The evidence is in: Sending out direct cash payments has been a full-blown success—and we can’t afford to stop. …

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Basic income pilots are graduating from private financing to public financing

American cities are finally taking the safety net seriously. Is this UBI’s moment to make real progress? By: Sigal Samuel  …

Demonstrators rally near Capitol Hill for the extension of unemployment benefits on July 22, 2020. Nearly a year later, workers’ benefits are in flux again, even as the economy is far from recovered. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images

America’s cruel unemployment experiment

Cutting off unemployment insurance early is all politics, not economics. This is why UBI is so critical. By: Emily Stewart  …

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Petition for Monthly Stimulus Checks Reaches 2.25 Million Signatures as Author Laments ‘Deeply Struggling’ Americans

Public support for Universal Basic Income is growing day by day. Can we get to the point where UBI …

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Universal Basic Income could be a vaccine against poverty in Scotland

Tory Government snubbing Universal Credit proves we should free Scotland from UK By: Annie Brown A Caribbean friend of …

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OPINION: Furlough was a radical success. Now let’s talk about a universal basic income

Though imperfect, Covid support measures changed attitudes to those who have less money through no fault of their own …

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Eliminating extra unemployment benefits won’t solve worker shortages, study finds

Despite political rhetoric, extra pandemic-era unemployment benefits largely don’t keep workers from accepting new jobs, according to a new paper by …

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Opinion: With Universal Basic Income, people can lead more meaningful lives

As a result of the the Pandemic, people are taking a hard look at the type of jobs they …

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Why Cash Is Better Than Expanded Health Insurance for the Poor

Cash transfers go directly to people in need, while health insurance expansions pay mainly for care that the uninsured …

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South Africa Moving Forward in Introducing Basic Income

Government planning new basic income grant for South Africans aged 19 to 59 Social Development minister Lindiwe Zulu says …

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Stimulus checks appear to how led to a surge in startups, especially in Black communities

New research finds a big rise in new businesses despite the pandemic, particularly in predominantly Black neighborhoods. By: Quoctrung Bui …

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Only half of rural voters know that Democrats voted to send them stimulus checks, new poll finds

While not a single Republican voted in favor of the third stimulus check, only half of rural voters in …

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Working too many hours is literally killing people, a new study shows

The highest health burdens from overwork were seen in men and in workers who are middle-aged or older, according …

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Monthly child tax credit payments to start hitting bank accounts July 15

Qualifying families will get monthly payments of up to $300 a month for each child under 6 and up …

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The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act Will Reduce Global Warming and Distribute Basic Income

U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett should support legislation that would result in carbon dividends being paid to Americans while saving …

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Sudan aiming to temporarily provide basic income to 80% of its population

To ease the pain of reforms the government is introducing a donor-funded scheme that aims to provide a temporary …

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The American Rescue Plan was a step toward universal basic income

The American Rescue Plan lifted millions out of poverty and charted a new course for economic assistance by emphasizing …

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How we essentially just implemented Nixon’s plan for an income guarantee for families half a century after it was originally proposed

Nixon, Guaranteed Income and our future. How the 37th President Laid a Foundation for Monthly Cash By: Scott Santens …

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Governor of California wants to provide two-thirds of residents a $600 stimulus check

The middle class and low-income Californians are expected to benefit from UBI By: MAGGIE ANGST  Gov. Gavin Newsom today unveiled …

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Significant election success for UK politicians backing universal basic income

Scores of politicians including almost half of Welsh parliament have signed UBI trial pledge By: Steven Morris Scores of …

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2021 Korea Basic Income Fair successfully concludes after drawing 600,000 visitors

The 2021 Korea Basic Income Fair, the world’s largest venue for public discussions on basic income, attracted more than …

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Guaranteed Basic Income Saves Lives Platform in Turkey Recommends That 5 Million Citizens Start Receiving Monthly Basic Income

Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government of Turkey will give citizens 1,100 lira income support. In the …

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UBI essay contest being held for high school students in the US and Canada

As UBI policy is actively debated across the country, perhaps hearing from the voices of high school students, the …

It is time to stop making excuses and tackle poverty head on, writes New Democratic Party MP Leah Gazan. Basic income is a policy whose time has come. Image by Canadian Dimension.

Who controls the basic income narrative?

GLBI could lift millions of Canadians out of poverty, giving workers leverage and empowering them to make their own …

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A petition calling for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks to every American has surpassed 2 million signatures

Social change is often bottoms up, starting from people and then moving through the political process. UBI is no …

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During Biden’s first address to Congress as president, Americans were searching online for a fourth stimulus check

With more than 160 million checks from the last COVID relief bill now delivered, Americans are asking if more …

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How could UBI support a Circular Economy?

This post is an interview between Timothea Armour, Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland Editor and Teja Hudson, a zero …

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Hawley proposes $12,000 tax credit for married parents with kids under 13

Bill aims to give more freedom to families through better financial support in the forms of tax credits. Can …

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Child credit will cut child poverty by 50%

The American Rescue Plan has been hailed as a historic effort that will cut poverty by a third and child poverty by …

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Unemployment benefits made up a record-high share of Americans’ incomes during the pandemic, and it shows a need for a better system

Unemployment insurance as a share of personal income spiked during the pandemic more than in other recessions. Time for …

Office of the President of Mongolia Battulga Khaltmaa issued a press release that the Mongolian President sent an official letter to Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai the same day.

Mongolia combined a strict shutdown with a fully universal cash payment and the President wants to make it monthly

President asks Prime Minister to cooperate in providing MNT 1 million support to each household By: Baljmaa.T baljmaa@montsame.gov.mn The …

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A majority of those surveyed in the US, UK, France, and Germany believe UBI is somewhat or very important

The Pandemic changed people’s thinking and now most would welcome government-sponsored job training and other interventions according to Pew …

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Despite falling unemployment, America’s poverty rate just reached the highest level since the pandemic began

The disconnect between poverty and unemployment is not surprising but as of last month, the U.S. poverty rate has …

Before the pandemic, 3.2 million people in Canada lived below the poverty line — poverty that has historically been disproportionately concentrated in Indigenous, racialized and migrant communities. Photo by Shutterstock

Canadians support a basic income. Will the Liberals finally deliver?

The Liberal Party just passed a basic income resolution. So what now? By Claire Gallagher Liberal Party delegates voted to …

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How stimulus checks are being spent point to Americans becoming more prepared for the next emergency

As new $1,400 Covid stimulus checks roll in, Americans are using them to pay monthly bills, regardless of their …

Nicola Sturgeon revealed the SNP’s manifesto would set out steps towards introducing a universal basic income.

Scotland has a ‘radical opportunity’ to introduce UBI, with the next Scottish Parliament expected to have a majority of MSPs who back it

SCOTLAND has a “radical opportunity” to introduce a universal basic income (UBI), with the next Scottish Parliament expected to …

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IRS confirms monthly checks will begin being sent to parents starting in July

“We have to create an entirely new structure for the Internal Revenue Service. We are not historically a benefits …

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Is The GOP Becoming More Supportive of Direct Cash Payments?

By Andrew Trunsky After years of fiscal conservatism and deficit hawkishness, the Republican Party has shown signs of a …

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Liberal Party overwhelmingly approves priority resolution for UBI in Canada

With 8.7 per cent of Canadians living below the poverty line and thousands more struggling to make ends meet, …

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Organizations across the globe publish World Health Day manifesto in defense of vaccination and universal basic income

Capitalism is the problem, social movements denounce on World Health Day. By Michele de Mello, translated by Ítalo Piva …

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National basic income could quickly cut Canadian poverty in half: budget watchdog

Providing Canadians a basic income could cut poverty by almost half in 2022, based on the federal poverty line. …

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24% of unemployed workers have been jobless for over a year

By Greg Iacurci Nearly 2.4 million Americans were unemployed for at least a year, according to the Bureau of …

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Consumers are Using Their $1400 Stimulus Checks to Pay Down Debt and Household Bills

What doxo’s data tells us about how consumers are spending their third $1400 stimulus check. doxo’s data shows that …

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Report: UK’s Department of Work and Pensions utilized ‘violent bureaucracy’ to reduce the number of people claiming benefits

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) admits they inflicted psychological harm on benefit claimants, engaged in unofficial sanctioning targets, …

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How faith, family — and timing — shape Mitt Romney’s efforts to change the child tax credit

His Family Security Act, which would pay parents a monthly stipend as they raise their children, has united an …

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For a better, faster recovery: €1,000 checks for Europeans

The bloc’s recovery efforts are falling short of those in the US. When European Commission President Ursula von der …

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More evidence that Florida’s unemployment system was designed to fail 

Former call center workers said that stopping fraud was prioritized over providing benefits. Opinion by the Tampa Bay Times …

American consumers are the real job creators

Imagine a new model: a smaller number of American workers using labor-saving methods, who also get high wages out …

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Opinion: This time too much is probably just about right

Should the massive federal assistance have been more targeted? We should be glad it wasn’t. By Robert Shapiro Both progressives …

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Rashida Tlaib has reintroduced her bill for an emergency UBI of $2,000 a month

The Automatic Boost to Communities (or ABC) Act is cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal and is a long shot …

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Arts Organizations In Canada’s Largest Cities Call For A Basic Income Guarantee For Artists

Artists make up just under 1% of the labor force—that’s more than the number of workers in either the …

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Investors poured record $56.8 billion into stock-market funds as stimulus checks arrived

‘Payments may be making their way into mutual funds and ETFs’: Goldman Sachs analysts wrote. By William Watts Stock-market investors poured a …

According to a December survey, 91 percent of moms reported more exhaustion than before the pandemic, along with 35 percent of dads. Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Opinion: America Needs to Transform Its Relationship To Work

Pandemic parenting is impossible. American work culture is a big reason why. By Anna North Erica, an Indiana mom, was …

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Free Laundromats or Universal Basic Income?

Opinion by Tarek Fatah The sight of the homeless sleeping on sidewalks in below-freezing temperatures is not an uncommon …

‘People must have a fair living income and access to public services that meet their needs.’ A protest outside Downing Street to demand free school meals during holidays. Photograph: Stephen Chung/Alamy

Opinion: Post-Covid Britain needs a new social guarantee

Ensuring everyone has decent public services and a guaranteed income could transform the UK after the pandemic Opinion by …

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadian MPs, grassroots to push for universal basic income at Liberal party convention

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The idea of creating a universal basic income is being pushed …

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Cash Is Turning Out to Be the Most Effective Welfare

For too long people in need have been stereotyped as lazy and dependent. Cash payments give them the breathing …

UBI Gains a Friend in High Places

He is best known for his work on a Stockton pilot project that provided $500 a month to a …

People wearing face masks walk by the headquarters of the Bank of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 4, 2021. South Korea's central bank says the country's economy shrank for the first time in 22 years in 2020.

2020 Revealed That UBI Cannot Wait Any Longer: A Video Essay

The words in this video essay were authored by writer and UBI advocate Scott Santens. Video by Build The …

People wearing face masks walk by the headquarters of the Bank of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 4, 2021. South Korea's central bank says the country's economy shrank for the first time in 22 years in 2020.

In South Korea, Universal Basic Income is Having a Pandemic Moment

“Without UBI, I believe many feel the very capitalist system itself is in crisis,” says Govorner Lee Jae-myung. By William …

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Workers with college degrees and specialized training once felt relatively safe from automation. They aren’t.

The Robots Are Coming for Phil in Accounting. By Helen Lyons The robots are coming. Not to kill you …

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Conservative Party President Calls for Universal Basic Income in Belgium

By Helen Lyons Working towards a universal basic income is urgent, says Georges-Louis Bouchez, president of the conservative Mouvement …

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Senate Passes $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021

The American Rescue Plan would temporarily expand the child tax credit for 2021: allowing 17-year-old children to qualify, increasing …

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Moderate Democrats Strip Stimulus Checks From 12 Million Voters for No Reason

Opinion by Eric Levitz For weeks, a handful of moderate Democrats in the Senate have been fighting to prevent $1,400 …

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Eleven Senate Democrats Urge Biden to Include Recurring Monthly Checks in the Next Recovery Package

Ten senators want to make direct payments and unemployment insurance extensions automatic until the economy recovers. By Kevin Robillard …

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Basic income could prevent people from choosing medically-assisted death in response to the downstream effects of poverty

If medically assisted death becomes more accessible for Canadians, we have a moral obligation to make living well — …

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Some families could get more than $14,000 in new Covid relief. It’s looking more and more like universal basic income

By Lorie Konish KEY POINTS A new coronavirus relief bill is in the works and it could mean a …

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Canadian Green Party leader urges feds to consider universal basic income beyond pandemic

The Green Party is proposing a basic income model that would give every Canadian a basic revenue source that …

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Worrying about money can have a lasting impact on our mental health

For so many people, financial insecurity is a constant in their lives, curtailing their life chances and causing chronic stress. As …

Americas’ financial desperation can be seen in the soaring demand for food assistance. Photo by Joel Muniz.

Americans still need a lifeline despite trillions in coronavirus aid

We are public opinion scholars at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. We conducted a survey to try …

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A bill has been introduced in Canada to establish national strategy for a guaranteed basic income

Bill C-273 is focused on framing, testing and validating different models of UBI implementation to get to real answers …

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Domestic Violence Is a Pandemic Within a Pandemic. Direct Stimulus Checks Would Help

One universal truth holds both pre-pandemic and now: The number one obstacle to escaping an abuser is financial insecurity. …

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Should the IRS or Social Security Administer a Basic Income for Kids?

The hot debate about which federal agency is best suited to manage benefits for kids could impact kids for …

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Why Walmart’s CEO says Americans urgently need another stimulus check

By Melissa Repko KEY POINTS Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said more customers spent their recent stimulus checks on necessities, …

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A voice against burying the idea of a basic income for Canadians

The expert panel would have benefited from a political scientist or, heaven forbid, one or two people actually living …

The PSA running on the Wall Street Journal website. WSJ has reported click rates for the ad at 31%, a level of engagement nearly 3 times the average for ads run on their site. The PSA is hooking people and leading them to dig into the idea of UBI.

Can you excite people about economic reform via a public service ad?

One woman’s work to get UBI onto the screens and into the hearts of Americans. By Diane Pagen People …

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Opinion: One-off stimulus checks are so 19th Century: Give Americans automatic, recurring, electronic cash

Recurrent, direct payments should be a permanent part of the U.S. recession-fighting arsenal. Opinion by Mark Blyth Early in the …

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Americans Need Recurring Stimulus Checks Until the Pandemic Is Over

Giving people money is a proven, fast, equitable strategy to spur economic recovery. The truth is, we need recurring …

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The Pandemic is Giving Americans a Chance to Fix Its Welfare State

Maybe such fat checks wouldn’t have been as necessary if the country had a more robust support system for …

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GoFundMe CEO to Congress: Americans need help with basic needs and we can’t do your job for you

Opinion by: Tim Cadogan As Congress debates a new COVID-19 aid package, millions of Americans are struggling to pay …

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P.E.I. Senators: Basic income is an idea whose time has come

By Diane Griffin, Brian Francis, and Mike Duffy Last spring more than 50 members of the Senate of Canada …

Better benefits equal better mental health. (AP Photo/Jason R. Henske)

Decades of data show that work requirements and time limits generally worsen mental health and directly increasing incomes improves it

By Theo Wayt When governments in developed countries like the U.S. and Britain provide extra support for low-income people …

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Poll: Americans Want Immediate Checks, Not Increased Targeting

By Senator Ron Wyden The most visible—and popular—pieces of economic relief Congress has approved over the past year have …

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Members of Congress, Mayors and Organizers Call for $2,000 Recurring Checks In Nationwide Day of Action

By the Economic Security Project Members of Congress, mayors, organizers, small business owners, and individuals impacted by the pandemic …

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$2,000/mo for unpaid caregivers could save Medicaid $6,175/mo

A new report from AARP’s Public Policy Institute explores how the coronavirus pandemic has amplified chronic problems in long-term care, as …

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Mitt Romney Just Proposed a Permanent Basic Income Guarantee for Families of at Least $250 a Month and Up to $15,000 a Year

The Family Security Act would offer up to $350 per month, per kid, to help parents raise their children. …

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How Congress learned to stop worrying and start disbursing cash

The $1,200 Covid-19 stimulus checks last year were a breakthrough in US policy — and may signal a new …

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Canadian Artists Testify on the Dire Need for Basic Income

Their output has ‘kept us all alive throughout this pandemic.’ But several blows have made the creative life too …

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U.S. Could Distribute $1,875 Stimulus Checks For 8 Months For Same Cost As 2017 Trump Tax Cuts, Says Robert Reich

By Shahar Ziv The U.S. could afford to give every working adult $1,875 stimulus checks for eight months for …

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Americans Want COVID-19 Stimulus Checks — Will Republicans Get On Board?

By Andrew Trunsky Even though President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief plan has been met with skepticism from some Republicans, …

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Georgia’s new senators are pushing for Democrats and the White House to keep their promise on $2,000 stimulus checks

Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock (D) and Jon Ossoff (D), both of whom won January runoff elections on the promise …

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Poll: 60 percent of Canadians support a universal basic income of $20,000 per year

But who will pay? Two-thirds reject increase in their own taxes, most feel wealthy should be responsible June 18, …

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More than 50 House progressives sign letter pushing President Biden to prioritize recurring direct checks

The left is eager to go big on the next coronavirus relief proposal. By Sarah Ferris More than 50 House …

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Public Service Announcement Campaign for Universal Basic Income Launched

The Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the understanding, acceptance, and implementation of Universal Basic …

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$2400/mo ‘Marshall Plan For Moms’ Called For By Fifty Female Celebrities and Business Leaders

Fifty female celebrities, business leaders, and activists have signed an open letter to President Joe Biden asking for a …

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Economic and Social Transformation Subcommittee: South Africa Could Implement Basic Income Within One to Two Years

“Given the current crisis and the need for the urgent decisions to address the devastating humanitarian crisis facing the …

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Opinion: Put the Money Printer on Autopilot

If a Biden relief package isn’t open-ended, and tied to a full recovery, America is doomed to repeat last-minute …

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Opinion: Conservatives should support Biden’s $1,400 COVID-19 relief checks

Republicans need to focus on policies popular with voters and with middle-class families, and we have to compensate both …

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Rep. Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to back recurring cash payments until economy recovers

Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted this week that she was “circulating a letter to Biden” pushing for recurring payments. By …

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Democrats drafting plan to give parents $250 to $300 per month per child

Biden earlier this month announced his intention to push for an expansion of the child tax credit as part of his …

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How the American Unemployment Assistance System Failed

A decline in funding and changes in the workplace — and how long people are out of work — …

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Direct cash payments have been critical for Colorado families — Congress must pass more

Coloradans need real relief now. The more we can do to support struggling families and help boost our local …

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A $2,000 Check Is a Good Start, but Struggling Americans Need $2,000 Every Month

Dr. King taught us that direct cash payments are a smart response to poverty and mass unemployment. In this …

Opinion: The Democrats’ victory in Georgia was a vote for cash assistance.

Prioritizing direct monthly payments isn’t just good policy—it’s good politics. By: Sean Kline and Jim Pugh “It’s not hyperbole, you can …

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The Creator Economy Needs a Middle Class

By: Li Jin Summary: Right now, the creative economy relies on platforms like YouTube and Instagram and it looks a …

A basic income introduced early in the pandemic would have reduced pressure on employees to go to work even if they were sick, says Evelyn Forget. Photo by Ashwini Chaudhary.

How Universal Basic Income Could Save Lives in a Pandemic

Emergency benefits showed the value of ensuring all Canadians are guaranteed enough money to meet basic needs. Opinion by: …

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Pandemic fatigue is more about lack of sufficient resources than lack of personal responsibility

Terms like “covidiots” have become almost as familiar as “pandemic fatigue,” feeding into a widespread narrative of blame whereby …

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Democrats retook Senate control after the Georgia runoffs. Here’s how they can get $2,000 stimulus checks to Americans and boost Obamacare — all without GOP support.

Congressional Democratic leaders have already signaled they could use a legislative maneuver known as budget reconciliation to approve more generous economic …

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65% of Europeans want governments to put in place a Universal Basic Income

A new poll by WeMove and YouGov shows that around two-thirds of Europeans want governments to put in place a …

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65% of Americans support monthly $2,000 COVID stimulus payments, new poll shows

Sixty-five percent of respondents say they’d support recurring $2,000 checks, an idea still advocated by Sens. Ed Markey and …

© Al Drago/Reuters Senators Kelly Loeffler (R., Ga.) and David Perdue (R., Ga.), wave during a campaign event in Milton, Ga., December 21, 2020.

This Pollster Thinks GOP Opposition to $2,000 Checks May Have Cost Republicans the Senate

For Republican pollster Robert Cahaly, December 23 was the day “the bottom fell out” for the GOP in the …

©Carolyn Kaster/AP President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, as he campaigns for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

Biden says electing Georgia’s Ossoff and Warnock would lead to $2,000 stimulus checks

“The debate over $2,000 isn’t some abstract debate in Washington, it’s about real lives. Your lives, the lives of …

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Georgia Senate Runoffs: GOP Has ‘Galvanized’ Turnout By Blocking $2,000 Checks, Stacey Abrams Says

By: Jemima McEvoy TOPLINE With 3 million votes already cast for the U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia, state Democratic …

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Towards a post-toil world

OP-ED: Can the Covid-19 pandemic bring us out of the vicious cycle of working ourselves to death? By: Mohammad …

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In 2020, universal basic income gained traction within the United Nations

The virus shut down the world in a global economic meltdown. This is why UBI is being viewed as …

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said Tuesday he would join Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in an attempt to force a Senate vote concerning direct payments of $2,000 to eligible Americans.
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After McConnell blocks $2k House bill, Sanders, Markey, and Brown commit to filibustering defense bill to force vote in Senate

Ohio Senator Brown Joins Sanders in Delaying Senate Holiday Over $2K Stimulus Checks. Will it work? BY JEFFERY MARTIN  Ohio …

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With two-thirds support, House passes bill to raise relief check amount from $600 to $2,000

BY KATHRYN WATSON The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday voted to pass a bill to increase the $600 stimulus …

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44% of Missouri food stamp applicants were rejected in November

In the richest country in the world, nearly half of people who need help can’t get it. This is …

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‘Poverty is expensive’: Toronto doctor says universal basic income actually costs society less

Toronto palliative care doctor Naheed Dosani says that providing a ‘basic income’ to any Canadian who needs it addresses …

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Joe Biden will push for a third round of stimulus checks in the next Covid-19 relief bill

By: Tucker Higgins | @TUCKERHIGGINS HIGHLIGHTS: President-elect Joe Biden will seek a third round of stimulus checks in the …

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Trump threatens surprise veto of COVID bill: Pelosi agrees, relief checks should be $2,000

Democrats have been pushing for a $2,000 payment for months despite Republicans push back. Will the president’s potential veto …

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Insecurity Is the Real Enemy

There is a commonly held belief that poverty is not the result of any systemic failure, but the personal failure …

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35% of Americans Could Lose Their Home in Next Two Months, Census Report Says

Latest data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey has found that 3 out of ten Americans face eviction …

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New poll shows 58% of Australia now support a permanent UBI

A majority of Australians would welcome a universal basic income, survey finds Key points: 58 per cent of Australians …

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‘$600 Is Not Enough,’ Say Progressives as Congressional Leaders Reach Covid Relief Deal

Millions of people facing evictions, remaining unemployed, standing in food bank and soup kitchen lines. Our politicians didn’t do …

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Equity union demands Basic Income Guarantee for Creative Workers

Gaps in the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme have left many Equity members …

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The Pain of Pandemic-Induced Unemployment in America Is Brutal and Unceasing

The lack of long-term economic aid for unemployed workers has meant that incredible amounts of suffering are everywhere in …

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‘Liberate our imagination’: Taiwan holds first basic income march

There is a real possibility to implement basic income in Taiwan. Sometimes, great change happens first in small places. …

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Fifty Years of Tax Cuts for Rich Didn’t Trickle Down, Study Says

For half a decade, fiscal policy favored stimulating the economy by giving financial incentives to upper income populations with …

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A group of 17 progressive Democrats is pushing for $2,000 stimulus checks to be in the next coronavirus relief package

By: Joseph Zeballos-Roig HIGHLIGHTS: A group of progressive Democrats recently sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to …

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1 in 4 Americans are jobless or earning poverty-level wages, new study finds

With 25% of the workforce underemployed or unemployed, fixing the problem will require new initiatives like government infrastructure projects …

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Ilhan Omar Leads Letter Calling for Additional Relief Checks in Next COVID-19 Package

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) led a letter to House and Senate leadership calling for the inclusion of relief checks …

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Basic income hailed as key in kickstarting the economy in a post-pandemic Canada

A new report by Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) makes a strong case for utilizing a basic income as …

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Study says Congress needs to spend about $5 trillion in stimulus to avoid economic losses greater than that amount

Estimates are that Congress needs to spend 4 times more than it is currently proposing, according to one estimate. …

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Bernie Sanders leads Dem charge for new stimulus checks

It’s the latest sign of resistance to a bipartisan Covid relief plan in the Senate for a direct payment …

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Why Joe Biden Can Stop Worrying and Start Spending Like Crazy

The country is in desperate need of a massive economic recovery program. The incoming administration shouldn’t hold back. By: …

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Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary on COVID-19 stimulus: Give American people checks, ‘stop funding companies’

O’Leary said the government should “stop funding companies” and bail out Americans instead. UBI is the answer. By: Alexis …

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The Case for Universal Property

An idea pioneered by Alaska could inoculate society against extreme inequality By James K. Boyce When voters went to the …

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Stop preserving doomed jobs and bring in Universal Basic Income

Are we preserving jobs that will disappear in the next few years? Thomas Hannah (LSE) and Rocco Friebel (LSE) argue that the Job …

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Universal cash grant in response to COVID-19 is strengthening the economy in Guyana

By: Alexis Rodney The $4.5 billion set aside by the Government for COVID-19 relief cash grant distribution is finding …

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An EU citizens’ initiative is urging the European Commission to take up the issue of UBI

Views on a guaranteed basic income vary drastically across Europe — some see it as a springboard, while others …

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The social contract and the role of universal social security in building trust in government

The fundamental building block of a strong social contract is citizens being able to trust their Governments. UBI is …

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More than 125 economists are now urging a second stimulus check

From the time COVID hit the U.S., politicians have continually failed to support citizens with new stimulus payments. The …

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Pope Francis in new book says pandemic should spur governments to permanently implement UBI

The pope outlines several new programs such unconditional payments, including compensating unpaid caretakers and “informal workers” to respond to …

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New poll shows support for a basic income guarantee is now at 64% in Canada

Covid is transforming how people view the role of government to support their citizens in times of economic turmoil. …

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12 million Americans set to lose unemployment benefits the day after Christmas

The financial support from government stimulus programs have been credited with keeping many businesses and households afloat yet the …

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The lack of a new stimulus bill may have contributed to the surging coronavirus infections

By: Joseph Zeballos-Roig Key takeaways: The US is breaking coronavirus infection records, causing some states and cities to consider …

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Older workers discover insecure work is the new normal

It used to be that casual work was something teenagers experienced but more and more older workers are underemployed. …

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Unions want coronavirus support to become a permanent basic income grant for South Africa

Unions want R350 coronavirus support to become a permanent basic income grant for South Africa. Can it become permanent? …

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Biden COVID-19 adviser floats plan to pay for national lockdown lasting up to six weeks

There are varying ideas in terms of public perception of “what a lockdown is all about.” Is UBI part …

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Australia’s Cashless Debit Card System is Racist and Should Be Replaced With A Universal Basic Income

Imagine how much healthier societies can function if a check showed up in people’s mailboxes to save them from …

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Calls for Universal Basic Income increase as government support fails those most in need

Millions of people have fallen through the cracks of the government’s support packages. Has the moment for UBI finally …

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Second Stimulus Check Update: What Biden Wants To Include In Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

By: Danielle Ong  Hopes for another coronavirus stimulus package are reviving following Joe Biden’s win against Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. Democrats …

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Social Security Benefits Are Already Down by 30% Since 2000

Most Americans don’t know that Social Security benefits have effectively been cut not because of the way that cost-of-living …

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Canadian Mental Health Association Endorses Universal Basic Income

Canadians are now asking themselves, and their leaders: What if everyone had enough to live, all the time? Enter UBI. …

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He Made a Minor Mistake Filling Out an Unemployment Form. Then the State Demanded $14,990 From Him.

State unemployment agencies are discovering errors in payments affecting hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans. Even when the agencies …

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Canada’s Emergency Relief Benefit Saved the Provinces Money That Would Have Otherwise Been Spent on Welfare

The Calgary Counselling Centre saw something surprising during the pandemic lockdown period: distress levels in their low-income clients dropped. …

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Why the next US president should consider universal basic income

Universal basic income lets people bridge periods out of work or in bad jobs so they can invest in …

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For the first time in nearly 50 years, workers over 55 face higher unemployment than those 35-54

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer …

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People Have Nothing Left — Literally $0 — Because Of The Pandemic

Even people who built rainy day funds over years are watching their savings run down to zero, with no …

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Payoff for children’s programs so dramatic it may not make sense to think of them as ‘spending’ at all

Increasingly, economists are discovering that government spending on programs like healthcare and cash aid is an investment that pays …

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Forget Shutdowns. It’s Demand Shock That’s Killing Our Economy.

Gyms, restaurants, and movie theaters are all reeling for the very same reason By: James Surowiecki On July 11, …

Canada’s Hugh Segal has been calling for a basic income guarantee for 50 years

This is a debate we should be having now, as the pandemic has caused the ground to shift on …

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What Is the Real Meaning of Dignity?

Few people appreciate the extraordinary impact human dignity has on our everyday lives. By: Donna Hicks Ph.D. At about …

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B.C. Greens pledge support for basic income, education system in election platform

By: Nick Wells in Vancouver. NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — B.C.’s Green party leader took aim at previous provincial governments …

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Women’s mental health deteriorating as Covid crisis forces people to work longer hours

Researchers sound the alarm that an impending recession and mass unemployment means we are heading into an unprecedented mental …

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EU-wide survey: 71% of Europeans now believe the state should provide all citizens a basic income

The COVID-19 pandemic is inspiring Europeans to think the previously unthinkable, according to a ground-breaking survey out today from a team …

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Former Fed Chair Says US Could Adopt an Annual Carbon Dividend Under Biden Administration

This may be the time for bi-partisan support that would involve a carbon tax with redistribution. “It’s not politically …

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Why Canada is now debating a basic income model

In the wake of the pandemic, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is seeking to forge a more interventionist state. By: Aaron Burnett  This …

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UBI: A New Form Of Artistic Patronage?

By Diamond. — In her large colourful glasses, UBI activist Claudia Leduc does not look like someone who has suffered …

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Trump reverses course on coronavirus relief talks, dangles new $1,200 stimulus checks

Earlier Tuesday, the president seemed to kill stimulus talks, tweeting that there would be no deal until “after I …

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New policy paper in Kuwait proposes that a high universal basic income would make the economy more sustainable

Newly established Kuwaitimpakt.com, a gateway for public policy papers in Kuwait founded by Bensirri, today released an essay suggesting new solutions …

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Rising political star in South Korea pushing for UBI could become next president

By Jeong-Ho Lee and Sam Kim. — Record government spending triggered by the coronavirus in South Korea has helped send a maverick regional governor …

Campaigners call for a Universal Basic Income across Europe

A new project led by citizens aims to collect one million signatures in support of a radical welfare overhaul. …

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Is U.S. Welfare Policy Racist?

U.S. welfare policies have, from their very inception, been discriminatory. By: Alma Carten. — A recent UNICEF report found that the …

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Workers face increasing job insecurity as many are being paid but not actually working, have been laid off again, or have been told they could be laid off

New Cornell-JQI-RIWI Report reveals that the real-time jobs picture is worse than imagined. Real-time data collected by RIWI from …

Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung proposed a basic income of 500,000 won ($430) a year per person this year. (Photo by Sotaro Suzuki)

The debate on universal basic income has gained momentum in South Korea

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred a debate about guaranteeing basic income to all citizens.   By: SOTARO SUZUKI, Nikkei …

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‘Feels Like They Are Just Waiting for Us to Die’

‘Feels Like They Are Just Waiting for Us to Die’ On r/unemployment, a community of desperate people has stepped …

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Unemployment benefits do not reach most of the unemployed, but monthly stimulus payments can.

Unemployment Benefits Are Critical. But Families Need Direct Payments Too | Opinion WILLIAM E. SPRIGGS AND DORIAN T. WARRENON …

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How the UK welfare system discriminates against women

By: Lydia Godden – @Lydia_godden. Following 10 years of tory-driven austerity and the introduction of Universal Credit, our current …

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17 percent of Canadians now see basic income as their topmost issue

By: Kerri Breen. –   Canadians want Ottawa to stay focused on the coronavirus pandemic and the economy during the new session …

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The US Safety Net Is Degrading by Design

By Mimi Abramovitz, Deepak Bhargava and Tammy Thomas Miles. — The pandemic has thrown millions of people out of work while mean-spirited government …

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How the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act could end poverty in the U.S.

By: Noah Berlatsky. — Earlier this month, Congress failed to pass Republicans’ $300 billion coronavirus economic relief bill. Democrats refused …

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A new study from Rwanda is the latest evidence for just providing people money

By: Kelsey Piper. — In the last decade, organizations working to improve the lives of people in poor countries have …

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A bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a stimulus plan to send a 2nd round of $1,200 direct payments and reinstate federal unemployment benefits

By: Joseph Zeballos-Roig. — KEY TAKEAWAYS: A bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a $1.5 trillion stimulus plan on …

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Guaranteed basic income becomes tops policy priority for Canada’s ruling party at upcoming national convention

Caucus is calling on government to adopt idea for consideration in November By: Joan Bryden. — A guaranteed basic …

Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev is serving as Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia

Could Russia introduce UBI? Former President Medvedev, now leader of governing United Russia, has just endorsed it.

By: Jonny Tickle. Russia’s largest party may be about to back the launch of a minimum guaranteed income for all …

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For many Americans work is something to endure, rather than celebrate

By: Chris Arnade  After spending eight years driving four hundred thousand miles to take 60,000 pictures of working class …

Michael Tubbs, mayor of Stockton, California, spearheaded Mayors for Guaranteed Income, a coalition of 17 mayors who support implementing a federal guaranteed income.

Why philanthropies play an important role in welfare innovation

By: Gregory Ferenstein — Tech-fueled philanthropy is responsible for one of the most promising new mental health innovations as the Food …

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Social and economic effects of the coronavirus spurring Puerto Rico to consider UBI

The social and economic effects of the coronavirus raise the alarm for Puerto Rico to seek a “new” solution …

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Over 110,000 Americans Died While Waiting to Qualify for Their Social Security Disability Benefits in the Last Decade

Americans waited an average of more than two years for benefits decisions from the government during the past decade. …

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King makes pitch for universal basic income

The youngest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said part of carrying on her father’s legacy is …

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Solving the Problem of Food Poverty Through Universal Basic Income

By: Alex Heffron — Food banks have stepped up to the plate in the austerity years, and throughout the …

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Support for UBI follows class/racial lines

Majority of black, Hispanic Americans support universal basic income; most whites oppose: poll By: Denis Balibouse  As support for …

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The US needs stimulus payments that automatically kick in during crises

By: Chris Hughes  It has been a dispiriting summer in Washington. In the middle of a pandemic, millions of …

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Coronavirus is pushing people into poverty – but temporary basic income can stop this

The rapid spread of COVID-19 across developing countries has led to a devastating loss of life and livelihoods. The pandemic is …

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Rutger Bregman on protest, privilege, and defunding the police

By: Niall Flynn — The Dutch historian has battled in favour of universal basic income and skewered tax-dodging billionaires at …

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‘Powerful in its simplicity’: As the pandemic endures, mayors call for guaranteed income

By: Ben Kesslen — Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said a guaranteed income is “probably the most powerful antidote for …

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The pandemic has brought into sharp relief just how many holes exist in the so-called social safety net

Many of the millions of Canadians who received support from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit during the pandemic are …

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Economic Justice Is Necessary to Stop Murders of Trans Women of Color

By: Imara Jones,  Even after this summer’s series of historic protests and marches led by trans women of color, …

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New poll shows support for UBI has grown from 43% to 55% since February 2019

SHOCK POLL: UBI support SKYROCKETS — NEW VIDEO by What America’s Thinking, on a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds a …

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Motion in the Canadian House of Commons to convert CERB into a permanent basic income guarantee

By Amber McGuckin  —- A Winnipeg MP is looking to convert the Canada Emergency Response Benefit into a permanent fixture. …

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Will Biden’s Kamala Harris Pick Give Boost To Monthly Stimulus Check Idea?

By: Zack Friedman —- Now that Joe Biden has picked Kamala Harris as his running mate, will you get …

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Joe Biden’s childcare plan will benefit working families—but basic income would help even more

Joe Biden’s childcare plan will benefit working families—but basic income would help even more BY: ELIZABETH PALLEY With his $775 …

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Why Bertrand Russell’s argument for idleness is more relevant than ever

Why Bertrand Russell’s argument for idleness is more relevant than ever By: Max Hayward We are used to thinking …

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Nearly one third of people that have gone back to work after being laid off during the coronavirus pandemic have lost their jobs again, study finds

Nearly one third of people that have gone back to work after being laid off during the coronavirus pandemic …

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Reality Check

Reality Check By: Gisele Huff, Founder and President of Fund for Humanity I despair. Because of the extraordinary, devastating …

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Nearly 30 million Americans reported not having enough food to eat in July

Nearly 30 million Americans told the Census Bureau they didn’t have enough to eat last week By Dakin Andone, …

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South Africa will not implement a basic income grant until at least next March

Lindiwe Zulu: No universal basic income grant for South Africa this year by Mfuneko Toyana South Africa will not …

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Hawaii is working on a universal basic income bill with feminist framing

The one place planning a ‘feminist economic recovery’ from Covid-19 ByJennifer Rigby Last month, a small collection of islands …

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The $600 unemployment bonuses did not lead to people working less, Yale study shows

The $600 unemployment bonuses did not lead to people working less, Yale study shows By: Evan Sully KEY TAKEAWAYS …

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How a basic income would help close the racial wealth gap and give Americans needed financial security

How a basic income would help close the racial wealth gap and give Americans needed financial security By: Amir …

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Opinion: To avoid the demand for ‘true socialism,’ Millennials need to be offered a better alternative – universal healthcare and UBI

OK Boomer, We’re Gonna Socialize You The pandemic is turning Millennials into socialists. We must make them a better …

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The $600 a week unemployment bonus has been a successful trial run for UBI

The unemployment bonus has been working, so why do Republicans want to slash it? By: Marguerite Ward. The federal …

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Amelia Womack leads campaign for universal basic income to support arts workers in UK

Amelia Womack leads campaign for universal basic income to support arts workers Chris Jarvis   Green Party of England …

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Temporary Basic Income to protect the world’s poorest people could slow the surge in COVID-19 cases, says UNDP

Temporary Basic Income to protect the world’s poorest people could slow the surge in COVID-19 cases, says UNDP   …

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Basic Income Could Virtually Eliminate Poverty in the United Kingdom at the Cost of £67 Billion Per Year or 3.4% of GDP

Basic Income Could Virtually Eliminate Poverty in the United Kingdom at the Cost of £67 Billion Per Year or …

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Senate GOP supports another round of stimulus checks to Americans: McConnell

Senate GOP supports another round of stimulus checks to Americans: McConnell The Majority Leader announced the move as talks …

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Secretary-General of the UN: New generation of social protection is needed – including universal basic income

UN chief: World ‘at the breaking point’ with vast inequality A new generation of social protection is needed – …

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Open letter from organizations representing 75,000 artists in Canada calls for a permanent basic income guarantee

A PUBLIC LETTER FROM THE ARTS COMMUNITY FOR A BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE 16 July 2020 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, …

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Study: Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Boosted Spending by 10% and Propped Up the U.S. Economy

Americans on COVID-19 jobless benefits spent more than when working, study shows by Jonnelle Marte (Reuters) – Americans who …

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A basic income guarantee for all Canadians could cost less in Canada than their emergency relief benefit

Basic Income Could Cost Less Than Money Spent On CERB: Watchdog The parliamentary budget officer looked at the cost …

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COVID-19 Is Helping Make Clear the Case for UBI

COVID-19 Is Helping to Make the Case for Universal Basic Income The pandemic has exposed the searing need for …

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Canada’s Senate Finance Committee concludes that in the wake of Covid-19, it’s time to consider a basic income guarantee

In the wake of Covid-19, time to consider basic income: Senate report Report calls for reforming emergency supports, restoring …

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South Africa May Become First Country to Implement a Permanent Basic Income

Government considering universal basic income grant for unemployed South Africans: Lindiwe Zulu BY ANDISIWE MAKINANA   The government is …

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Assistant Secretary-General of the UN: ‘UBI is needed as part of package that will help us get out of this yawning pit’

The case for a universal basic income by Kanni Wignaraja   Rule number one of crisis management: When you …

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Mayor of Greater Manchester calls for UBI to aid the UK’s recovery from coronavirus.

Universal basic income should be considered for recovery, says Burnham by Elliot Chappell   Andy Burnham has suggested that …

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156 economists sign open letter calling for monthly recurring cash stimulus payments for as long as necessary

‘An essential tool:’ 156 top economists call for recurring stimulus checks until the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic …

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UK Considers Universal Consumption Vouchers

Sunak considers £500 vouchers for all UK adults to spend in Covid-hit firms Chancellor urged to introduce a scheme …

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Bernie Sanders Calls on ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate to Approve $2,000 Monthly Stimulus Payments

Sanders Calls on ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate to Approve $2,000 Monthly Checks, Cancel Rent, and Expand Medicare “This I know: nothing …

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Assistance Secretary-General of the UN: ‘UBI is the best solution to stopping economies tipping over the edge’

Will a Universal Basic Income save post-pandemic Asia? Kanni Wignaraja, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaks exclusively to …

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UBI would revolutionize mothers’ lives, whose unpaid work keeps society going

Universal basic income would revolutionize mothers’ lives, whose unpaid work keeps society going by Maggie Gordon-Walker     There’s …

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How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: Transform CERB into a basic annual income program

How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: Transform CERB into a basic annual income program Gregory C Mason   This …

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UBI could help ease the transition to a climate-safe economy and weather the natural and economic storms to come

Should Environmentalists Embrace Universal Basic Income? Cash payments from the government could help ease the transition to a climate-safe …

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Former Prime Minister of New Zealand throws her support behind a guaranteed income as a buffer against loneliness and mental distress

Guaranteed minimum income needed to cure loneliness epidemic after COVID-19 – Helen Clark Foundation by Dan Satherley   Former …

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Why the coronavirus pandemic has increased support for Universal Basic Income

Why has the pandemic increased support for Universal Basic Income? by Daniel Nettle.   COVID-19 has led to a …

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Universal basic income and a four-day work week: the post-coronavirus world Wales’ future generations commissioner wants to see

A four-day week and universal basic income: the post-coronavirus world Wales’s future tsar wants to see UK-wide Sophie Howe …

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Study shows support for UBI has grown by 20% among those feeling financial impacts of COVID-19

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Opening the Door to Universal Social Policies in the U.S. By CATHERINE THOMAS, DAVID …

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New study shows universal basic income could help the environment

A new study shows how a universal basic income could help the environment, too By AJ Dellinger   The concept …

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30% of Americans missed their housing payments in June

30% of Americans missed their housing payments in June by Alicia Adamczyk   As the United States continues to …

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To save the British economy, don’t just open shops – give people UBI to spend at them

To save the British economy, don’t just open shops – give people the cash to spend by Simon Jenkins …

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Two Months of ‘Recovery Universal Basic Income’ Proposed in Northern Ireland

PROPOSING A RECOVERY UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME FOR NORTHERN IRELAND   Sign our petition for a Recovery UBI for Northern …

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South Korea Considering Universal Basic Income Post-COVID

South Korea Mulls Universal Basic Income Post-COVID While the basic income movement is not new in South Korea, the …

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Universal Basic Income Is Key to U.K. Recovery, Think Tank Says

Universal Basic Income Is Key to U.K. Recovery, Think Tank Says By Lucy Meakin   The U.K. should introduce …

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The Economy Is Experiencing an Epic Collapse of Demand

Don’t Lose the Thread. The Economy Is Experiencing an Epic Collapse of Demand. A rip in the fabric of …

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Canada’s emergency response benefit gives recipient a taste of what he could contribute if basic income were implemented

Universal basic income could change more than how we work The emergency response benefit has given me a taste …

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Conservative National Review points to inevitability of UBI

‘When All Men Are Paid for Existing’: Universal Basic Income Has Arrived By JERRY BOWYER& CHARLES BOWYER  Such an expansion …

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Americans Need Recurring Federal Stimulus Payments Now

Americans Need Recurring Federal Stimulus Payments Now At least 25 to 30 Percent of Americans Now Have No Meaningful …

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The Coronavirus Crisis Exposed Gaps In Canada’s Social Programs. Now’s The Time To Fill Them

The Coronavirus Crisis Exposed Gaps In Canada’s Social Programs. Now’s The Time To Fill Them. Canada’s welfare state flourished …

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Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang lead the call for monthly coronavirus stimulus payments

Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang lead the call for monthly coronavirus stimulus payments BY REY MASHAYEKHI The nation is …

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Pro-UBI Candidates Broihier and Booker Take on McGrath in Kentucky’s Only Senate Primary Debate

McGrath takes on Booker and Broihier in only scheduled Democratic U.S. Senate debate By Aaron Gershon and Al Cross …

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Coronavirus could end the UK’s Universal Credit and usher in Universal Basic Income, report says

A new report warns the current welfare system is “unlikely to survive” in the long term. By Nick Tyrrell …

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$6 Trillion Should Bail Out People, Not Companies

Help Americans through the coronavirus crisis, and they will keep essential businesses going. By Nir Kaissar and  Timothy L. O’Brien …

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Interview with Humanist Social Reformer Tony Robinson

Interview with Humanist Social Reformer Tony Robinson by David Andersson   Our humanity is facing one of the most profound challenges we have ever faced. We find ourselves in uncharted …

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Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian government ministers are calling for the creation of a European minimum income system

Portugal/Spain/Italy: Ministers seek European minimum income by Lusa   “We have to ensure that all people are guaranteed the …

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Why universal basic income could help us fight the next wave of economic shocks

Why universal basic income could help us fight the next wave of economic shocks by John Harris Until six …

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Health professionals across Canada have banded together calling on Justin Trudeau and Cabinet to implement a basic income.

Health professionals across Canada have banded together calling on Justin Trudeau and Cabinet to implement a basic income. Posted …

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Petition Calling for $2,000 Monthly Stimulus Checks for Adults and $1,000 For Kids Surpasses 1 Million Signatures

Petition Calling for $2,000 Monthly Stimulus Checks for Americans Surpasses 1 Million Signatures BY JENNI FINK   Democratic senators proposed …

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Universal Basic Income or Job Guarantee? Maybe Both?

Supporters set these programs at odds, but they can work together to mitigate a crisis and provide basic dignity …

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Food security expert calls for universal basic income amid increase in food bank usage

Expert calls for universal income amid increase in food bank usage BY MARTIN MACMAHON   TORONTO (NEWS 1130) — An …

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Survey by OnePoll of 2,000 Americans shows 82% support monthly stimulus payments until the crisis is over

Three In Four Americans Agree Universal Healthcare Is Needed During Coronavirus Pandemic by Jacob Roshgadol More than eight in …

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How Will UBI Affect Non-Profits?

Universal Basic Income Getting More Notice In Wake Of COVID-19 Crisis by Mark Hrywna Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) …

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: U.S. President Donald Trump's name appears on the coronavirus economic assistance checks that were sent to citizens across the country April 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The initial 88 million payments totaling nearly $158 billion were sent by the Treasury Department last week as most of the country remains under stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Next Stimulus Package Should Pay Americans Directly Until the Pandemic Ends

No more bureaucratic nightmares. Personal checks until the pandemic ends is the only way to proceed. By KEVIN BOYD …

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The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?

In a crisis, what was once unthinkable can suddenly become inevitable. We’re in the middle of the biggest societal …

Central bank interventions in the pandemic economy are unprecedentedly vast—and not nearly enough

Argument: Terminal Deflation Is Coming BY TREVOR JACKSON   Public health efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic have brought about …

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B.C. explores universal basic income for post-pandemic world

B.C. explores universal basic income for post-pandemic world By Rob Shaw VICTORIA — Mass unemployment and the shutdown of …

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HEROES Act Proposal – $1,200 Stimulus Check For Individuals And Up To $6,000 For Families

HEROES Act Proposal – $1,200 Stimulus Check For Individuals And Up To $6,000 For Families By Ryan Guina   …

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The Moment to Change the World is Right Now

The Moment to Change the World Is Right Now BY RUTGER BREGMAN MAY 7, 2020   How will the coronavirus …

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New Poll Shows 60% of Iowa Democrats Support an Emergency $2,000 a Month UBI

SAN FRANCISCO May 11, 2020 The Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the understanding, acceptance, …

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$2,000 Per Person Plus $2,000 Per Child: Senate’s Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act Would Send Payments To Over 90% Of Americans

$2,000 Per Person Plus $2,000 Per Child: Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act Would Send Payments To Over 90% Of …

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71 Percent of Europeans Now Believe the State Should Provide UBI

European opinions revealed in our special survey Conducted in March 2020 by the eupinions project of the Bertelsmann Foundation – read more …

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Opinion: Why Americans Need a Basic Income Guarantee

The pandemic makes painfully clear that our economy must be reconfigured to be resilient in the face of disruption …

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Will the Coronavirus Lead to a New New Deal?

The New Great Depression Is Coming. Will There Be a New New Deal? After the coronavirus, political transformation may …

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Coronavirus prompts Scotland’s first minister to make UBI a policy priority

The “time has come” for universal basic income (UBI) in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, …

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Support In Congress Grows For Monthly $2000 Stimulus Check Bill

A bill to provide monthly payments of $2,000 to Americans within a certain age and income bracket, proposed by …

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Should Cash Transfers Used as an Emergency Response Be Universal or Targeted?

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020 Unforeseen shocks, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2008-09 global financial crisis, or a natural …

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One $1200 stimulus check won’t cut it

Opinion: One $1,200 stimulus check won’t cut it. Give Americans $2,000 a month tax-free to fire up the economy Published: …

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The Efficiency of Cash Payments is a Conservative Principle

The Republican support for emergency cash payments as a central part of CARES Act, the recently passed coronavirus relief package, …

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UBI could begin the cultural shift of uncoupling moral worth from employment

Todd* is a trim 45-year-old, but when he walks into the upscale diner where we are meeting, his shoulders …

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Automatic Boost to Communities Act Proposes $2,000 Payment Plus $1,000 Monthly Until 1 Year After Crisis Ends

The CARES Act provided many Americans with financial relief in the form of a $1,200 stimulus check. But as …

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Speaker Pelosi: Perhaps Guaranteed Income is Now Worthy of Attention

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers may need to think of different ways to put money in Americans’ pockets if …

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Poverty Is All About Personal Stress, Not Laziness

The nature of poverty in rich countries has changed. The sort of material deprivation common in developing nations is …

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Chamath Palihapitiya: We’ve ‘ripped the philosophical band-aid off’ on universal basic income

Key Points Chamath Palihapitiya said the United States should implement universal basic income as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact …

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Over 100 UK MPs Publish Letter in the Financial Times in Support of UBI

Interim acting co-leader of the Lib Dems, Sir Ed Davey MP, has today signed a cross-party letter to the Chancellor …

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Trudeau Says Making CERB Universal Isn’t As ‘Simple’ As It Sounds

OTTAWA — Making the Canada Emergency Response Benefit universal isn’t as simple as it sounds, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau …

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Stacey Abrams, Cory Booker and Andrew Yang announce push to provide direct cash payments to SNAP recipients

(CNN) – Stacey Abrams joined forces Andrew Yang on Tuesday to announce the launch of a new campaign aimed at providing $1,000 in …

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Coronavirus crisis may prompt policymakers to seriously consider pros, cons of universal basic income, says Stanford scholar

Until now, universal basic income – a concept that would give all members of society an unconditional, guaranteed cash …

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MSNBC’s Ali Velshi: Universal Basic Income is the Solution

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on how universal basic income will protect Americans as automation shrinks the workforce, especially those living …

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Declaring a National Emergency, Japan Responds with a Fully Universal 100,000 Yen ($930) Stimulus Check to All Citizens

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a nationwide state of emergency, expanding the one put in place less than …

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House Democrats introduce plan to pay most Americans $2,000 a month until economy recovers from COVID-19

Charles Davis Apr 15, 2020, 1:47 AM The Emergency Money for the People Act, introduced by Reps. Tim Ryan …

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Poll: 77 Percent of Democrats and 52 Percent of Republicans Now Support an Emergency UBI of $2000

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT MONTHLY CASH ASSISTANCE TO OFFSET PANDEMIC DAMAGE TO ECONOMY New polling finds strong bipartisan support …

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America’s obsession with keeping aid from the undeserving is making a bad economic crisis worse

APRIL 9, 2020 Mehrsa Baradaran Author of The Color of Money To err is human; wanting to punish those who …

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Has the time finally come for universal basic income?

In the past few weeks, calls for a universal basic income have been louder than ever. Even the US …

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Financial Times Editorial Board Calls for Basic Income to Reverse the Policy Direction of the Last Four Decades

If there is a silver lining to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that it has injected a sense of …

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Basic Income in a Pandemic and Beyond

Politicians who represent the interests of capital clearly grasp the point that a UBI would tilt the playing field …

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We need to get money to everyone, and we need to improve how they get it too

To battle the economic crash from the coronavirus pandemic, Congress is sending Americans cash. The deal just hammered out will …

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Meet universal basic income’s unlikely Bay Area evangelist

Gisele Huff is convinced universal basic income is finally having its moment. The 84-year-old French native and San Francisco …