Tag: INCOME INEQUALITY

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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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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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New study reveals that $2.5 trillion is being upwardly redistributed from the bottom 90% to the top 1%

The median worker should be making as much as $102,000 annually—if some $2.5 trillion wasn’t being “reverse distributed” every …

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California’s Long Beach City Council to vote on the first step to create a UBI program

By: HAYLEY MUNGUIA  — Should the Long Beach government give monthly cash payments to its residents? That’s a question the …

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Do markets require redistribution to avoid market failure due to excessive inequality?

Wealth inequality is escalating at an alarming rate not only within the U.S. but also in countries as diverse …

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Why we should all have a basic income.

Consider for a moment that from this day forward, on the first day of every month, around $1,000 is …

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Chicago May Become Largest City In U.S. To Try Universal Basic Income

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is worried about the future. He is concerned that a coming wave of automation could …