Tag: Covid relief

On March 30th, social movements, student organizations and labor unions organized demonstrations demanding vaccines, food and education - UBES

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. …

The Inn of Rosslyn, which is permanently closed due to pressure from the Covid-19 pandemic, on Feb. 5, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia.
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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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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 …

Direct payments to Europeans would provide the economy with a much-needed shot in the arm, argues one MEP | Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

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 …

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center photographed in San Rafael, Calif., Friday, May 11, 2018.Mason Trinca / Special to The Chronicle

125 mothers in Marin County will begin receiving $1000 a month in basic income for two years

The Marin program will provide $1,000 monthly grants to 125 low wage-earning women of color who are raising at …

Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced the launch of a program that will provide artists with a guaranteed basic income. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco will provide $1000 a month in basic income to 130 artists for six months

Eligible artists must be aged 18 and over, have suffered loss of income due to the pandemic and have …

Then Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington on Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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 …

Oakland is launching a basic universal income program for hundreds of residents — one of the largest such programs in the country. Jessica Christian / The Chronicle

Eighteen-month basic income pilot for 600 people of color to be launched in Oakland, California

By Sarah Ravani Oakland plans to start a guaranteed income program this spring for 600 residents — one of the …

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Two-year basic income pilot for at least 3,000 rural residents to be launched in South Korea

“The results of this experiment will demonstrate whether basic income is a fleeting issue or a means by which …

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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 …

Twelve new diverse police officers are sworn in at City Hall in Paterson on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. Paterson Mayor André Sayegh speaks during the ceremony. Anne-Marie Caruso/NorthJersey.com - Part of the USA TODAY NETWORK

Paterson’s basic income pilot program — 110 families will get $400 a month — moves forward

Families will not get cash or checks, but debit cards they can use to make purchases. 110 Paterson families …

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Biden’s Child Benefit Will Make Rent Affordable for Half a Million American Families With Children

The newly enacted child tax credit has the potential to reduce the number of rent-burdened households with children by …

A U.B.I. experiment in Stockton, California, may contain insights into how the federal government can address income inequality in the future.Photograph by Nick Otto / AFP / Getty

Child Tax Credit Opens the Door for UBI

Biden’s stimulus plan contains an experiment in Universal Basic Income. The bill’s child tax credit has the potential to …

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New book, The Case for Basic Income, explores current challenges in todays climate

“Although there is now a little library of books on Basic Income, we believe that our effort is unique …

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 …

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Opinion: The new monthly child benefit shuts the door on Reagan’s punitive welfare legacy

How government-provided cash gives people the tools to solve their own problems. By Aisha Nyandoro and Natalie Foster As President …

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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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A campaign for basic income has been launched by multiple unions in Turkey

“Social assistance provided as charity rather than rights do not prevent poverty but perpetuate it,” 92 groups have said …

City Council President Nury Martinez and her council colleagues, shown in 2019, approved a new plan for how to spend money cut last year from the LAPD budget. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Police funding in Los Angeles to be partially reallocated from the LAPD to a one-year basic income pilot for 500 single parents

Under the plan passed Tuesday, $6 million would go toward a universal basic income pilot program in Councilman Curren …

Tourism is the one — and only — industry in Skagway, Alaska, where the main thoroughfare, Broadway Street, above, is now empty.  Photo by Christopher Miller via The New York Times.

A town in Alaska in 2020 used CARES Act money to provide $1,000 a month for seven months on the condition residents spend it locally

Instead of reserving CARES Act stimulus funds for municipal operations — like everywhere else in the United States — …

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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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UBI can help LGBT+ people and it’s on its way

LGBT+ people have so much to contribute to our society—be it in enterprise, the arts or in our politics. …

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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 …

Susie Garza, a participant in Stockton's basic-income trial, used some of the extra cash to finance her dog's surgery.

Stockton, California gave some residents $500 a month for two years. After a year, the group wound up with more full-time jobs and less depression

By Aria Bendix In Stockton, California, 125 residents got $500 per month, no strings attached, for two years. After …

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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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The pros and cons of universal basic income

Unconditional cash payments to residents are more of a floor to stand on than a safety net, say these …

ANNE CASE AND ANGUS DEATON, DEATHS OF DESPAIR AND THE FUTURE OF CAPITALISM.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020. 312 pages.

The Other Epidemic: Deaths of Despair

Anne Case and Angus Deaton provide a compelling account of the problem, but anemic solutions. The epidemic of deaths …

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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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Santa Clara County Pilot Program Providing UBI to Foster Youth May Be Expanded to All of California

Sen. Dave Cortese proposes statewide basic income pilot; a pilot that includes foster care youth as they leave the …

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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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Durham Council Member Says City Residents Who Were Formerly Incarcerated Should Receive Guaranteed Incomes

Durham’s proposal to experiment with a type of universal basic income is moving forward. By Thomasi McDonald Councilman Mark-Anthony …

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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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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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Andrew Yang’s ‘People’s Bank’ to Help Distribute Basic Income to Half a Million New Yorkers

“I wake up and I feel privileged that I may have a positive impact on the lives of other …

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New York’s Ulster County to provide $500 a month for one year to 100 families

Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan, Tuesday, announced major programs aimed at helping families get back on their feet as …

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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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UBI’s Lessons for Redesigning Canada’s Social Welfare System

UBI, at its core, is an unconditional cash transfer that guarantees a livable income regardless of work status. This …

Volunteers load boxes of food assistance into cars at the Share Your Christmas food distribution event sponsored by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Faith Neighborhood Center, and WESH 2 at Hope International Church on December 9, 2020 in Groveland, Florida, near Orlando. Central Florida food banks struggle to serve those facing food insecurity during the holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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 …

Lamonte Goode, an out-of-work dancer, outside his West Hollywood apartment. Goode owes thousands of dollars to his landlord, and he’s not sure how he’ll pay it back. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

What happens when all the rent comes due?

“An eviction is not a single event in a person’s life. It actually changes the trajectory of a life, …

Donald Trump supporters gather for the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C., making their way toward the U.S. Capitol building soon after.
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Opinion: We need to shift from a culture of fear to a culture of care to fight the politics of hatred

The human “fight or flight” response gives demagogues like Trump a tool for political manipulation. But we could replace …

Protest against evictions on Feb. 8, 2021, in Hollywood, California.
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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 …

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) heads to the floor of the Senate on January 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images

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 …

The U.S. could afford to give every American $1,875 stimulus checks for eight months for the same cost as the tax cuts that Trump passed in 2017, Robert Reich argued last week. (Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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 …

Progressives say President Joe Biden must go further on stimulus checks, which remain overwhelmingly popular with the public. | Matt Rourke, File/AP Photo

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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$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 …

Then-candidate Joe Biden in Virginia on Election Day. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

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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Opinion: The problem is poverty, however we label it

The prefixes ‘food’, ‘child’ or ‘fuel’ make life for 14 million poor Britons seem easily fixable. In truth, radical …

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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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Why Universal Basic Income Should Be President Biden’s Top Priority

An updated system of income and taxes would alleviate the worst crises the United States faces, including climate change. …

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Saint Paul mayor: Now that Democrats are in control, let’s really help struggling Americans

Laying the foundation for a more inclusive and resilient economy: “While the vaccine can reduce our likelihood to contract …