Tag: UBI

The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant will be reinstated after it was terminated at the end of April 2021. The Black Sash has compiled a report on the implementation and impact of the grant. Archive photo: Masego Mafata

South Africa: Black Sash launches a report into the implementation and impact of the Covid-19 SRD Grant

By: Theresa Edlmann, Engenas Senona, Erin Torkelson and Wanga Zembe On Sunday 25 July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the R350 Covid-19 Social …

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Universal basic income: Wales’ trial ‘should include everyone’

The real test of a “real” universal basic income needs to include everyone. Can this approach survive the scrutiny …

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Guaranteed Minimum Income and How It relates to UBI

As the idea of different versions of UBI continues to gather support among the public, attention is turning to …

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A $500 post-pandemic infusion is headed to those in St. Louis who need it most

By: Tony Messenger The man standing under the bus stop shelter on Washington Avenue was looking around, seemingly aimlessly, …

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Many Jobs Lost During the Coronavirus Pandemic Just Aren’t Coming Back

Companies see automation and other labor-saving steps as a way to emerge from the health crisis with a permanently …

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announces a guaranteed income pilot program at a news conference, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (WJAR)

Providence is about to give $500 a month to 110 low-income households

Guaranteed income programs are becoming increasingly popular in cities and towns across the country By Dan McGowan Providence is …

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California lawmakers approve nation’s first state-funded guaranteed income plan

By: ADAM BEAM California lawmakers on Thursday approved the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the U.S., committing $35 million …

Former Compton Mayor Aja Brown launched the Compton Pledge, a privately funded $9.2-million universal basic income program.

The Child Tax Credit is the precursor for Universal Basic Income

By MICHAEL HILTZIK Starting Thursday, the money will begin to flow in one of the most important government initiatives ever …

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The basic income study that wasn’t

A British Columbia government-commissioned report dismissed the idea of a basic income, much to the disappointment of some antipoverty …

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Stanford scholar’s new book examines how to build social justice across age groups

New book highlights the need to distribute jobs, income and other essential resources in a way that treats people …

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Child Allowances: A Simple and Inexpensive Way to Help Families With Children

By: Steven Pressman Raising children is expensive. A typical middle-class, two-child family spends $13,000 annually on each child, or …

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Long Beach announces basic income pilot targeting single-parents

By: Jason Ruiz Five hundred households in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods will be part of Long Beach’s …

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Sam Altman’s ‘Worldcoin’ Wants to Give Everyone Crypto UBI

Its creators want a crypto-based UBI and plan to use an eyeball scanner to prevent fraud. By: Victoria Song …

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Vowing to implement UBI in South Korea, Gyeonggi Gov. Lee Jae-myung announces presidential bid

Vowing to alleviate unfairness and inequality, Lee promises to turn crisis into opportunity with powerful policies By: Kan Hyeong-woo …

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Opinion: Selling our personal data can create universal basic income

The data trust could, for a fee, give controlled access to our data. Those fees would be collected and …

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American workers are refusing to take bad jobs — and that’s good for everyone, economists say

Some workers learned to stand up for themselves a bit more during, and due to, the pandemic. Will this …

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Opinion: The success of Canada’s CERB is proof a universal basic income is doable and beneficial

UBI programs are a hot topic among economists and policymakers. Can it live up to its promise to eradicate …

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Basic Income Will Increase Workers’ Bargaining Power

The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought calls for a universal basic income. While it’s no silver …

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New York City Study Will Give Cash Payments to Homeless Young Adults

The project joins a growing list of local experiments in no-strings-attached payments to homeless young adults. By: Sarah Holder New York will become …

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UBI Pilot in Upstate New York Is a Rural Experiment

Recipients of the money can spend it as they wish, but will be asked to participate in periodic surveys …

A Fresno-area politician wants California to prioritize struggling San Joaquin Valley farmworkers in a proposed pilot program that would put cash in the hands of some the state’s impoverished residents.​ Photo Credit -- by Juan Esparza Loera

Universal basic income for farmworkers in California? Some leaders are pushing for it

BY MELISSA MONTALVO A Fresno-area politician wants California to prioritize struggling San Joaquin Valley farmworkers in a proposed pilot program …

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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 …

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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Up to 2,400 artists in New York will begin receiving a basic income to reactivate the state’s creative economy

Artist-Centered Employment Program and Guaranteed Income Program Recognize Artists as Critical Workers The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced details …

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Seeing The Future In Our Past: Universal Basic Income And The Social Security Act

Universal programs in moments of economic transformation prove to endure with popular support. Will it last? By: Shaby Missaghi …

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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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Book celebrates the potential of a basic income

Study after study continues to provide mounting evidence that UBI works despite politicians obstructionists positions due to pollical pressures. …

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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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Why Students Should Support Universal Basic Income

We should not underestimate the financial hardship young people and students face due to high levels of debt, rising …

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King County Councilmember unveils proposal to explore universal basic income

By: NICK BOWMAN King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announced this week that he intends to push for a preliminary …

Artist Casey Marquez works on some of her drawings in her home in San Francisco. Marquez is one of the recipients of San Francisco’s guaranteed income pilot program for artists.
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San Francisco’s basic income pilot for artists has been expanded to provide $1000 a month for 18 months to 180 artists thanks to Jack Dorsey

A $3.46 million gift from #StartSmall, a charity created by the Twitter and Square CEO, funds the expansion. By: …

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Piketty: Basic income, a job guarantee, and inheritance for all must all be implemented

Covid has given the world a moment to re-evaluate our relationship to work, life and social justice. How can …

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Initial findings from Chelsea, MA provide further evidence that basic income works

‘You Can Trust People To Give Them Cash’: Why Skeptics Of Universal Basic Income Are Wrong By: Aidan Connelly In …

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Making the Case for Universal Basic Income

Jamie Swift and Elaine Power’s book offers a compelling argument that it’s time to give Canadians more freedom and …

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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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Mountain View City Council Seeks to Launch Basic Income Pilot Using Stimulus Funds

Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga makes a pitch for UBI using stimulus funds By: Kevin Forestieri  Calling it the right time …

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Newark, New Jersey launches two-year basic income pilot

Newark’s pilot will be one of the nation’s largest in collaboration with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a national network …

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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 …

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jaemyung delivers his opening address at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Korea Basic Income Fair at KINTEX in Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province, on April 28.

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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Denver Basic Income Project launching in July will provide $1,000 a month to 260 unhoused people

Denver nonprofit is testing regular “UBI-like” monthly payments as a potential answer to homelessness. By: Sloan Dickey The circumstances that …

Protesters in New York City in August demand economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

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 …

On the campaign trail, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse is calling for using federal funds to build a guaranteed income program for the city's poorest residents.

Mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania pledging to do large basic income pilot using ARP funds if he wins reelection

Concentrated poverty is one of Harrisburg’s biggest problems. Will UBI help? The mayor wants to give it a shot. …

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Basic Income isn’t just about reducing poverty

At the heart of this concept is the idea of individual freedom and personal dignity, or more particularly, the …

© Bryan Woolston/Reuters People line up outside Kentucky Career Center prior to its opening to find assistance with their unemployment claims in Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S. June 18, 2020. Bryan Woolston/Reuters

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 …

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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 …

California cities are leading the charge pushing to explore guaranteed basic income programs. Left-to-right: Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Compton Mayor Aja Brown. (Illustration by Al Kamalizad for LAist. Photos from Getty Images.)

Mayor of Los Angeles Proposes Budget to Provide $1000 a Month in Basic Income to 2,000 People for One Year

The $24 million program in LA would be the largest UBI experiment of its kind in the United States. …

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Cambridge, Massachusetts to provide a basic income of $500 a month to 120 residents for 18 months

By: Jackson Cote | jcote@masslive.com As the debate over the idea of universal basic income continues across the country, the …

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As some San Francisco artists get basic income, how do we head off bad-faith arguments against it?

Guaranteed income programs, no matter whom they support, must frequently battle the same zombie ideas. By Lily Janiak When …

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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 …

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A guaranteed basic income could be a stabilizing force for Canada

If the pandemic taught economic policy makers nothing else, it’s the value of nimble fiscal supports in averting disaster …

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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Excerpt About UBI from The New Possible: Visions of Our World Beyond Crisis

We can’t be an anti-racist, just society until we have safe and stable families and communities. And for this …

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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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From Stockton to Oakland, Santa Clara to San Francisco, basic income is gaining traction and proving effective

The Bay Area is ground zero for UBI. More than anything, these pilots could help normalize the concept of …

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Hartford, Connecticut considering a UBI pilot

By Marc E. Fitch The City of Hartford’s Court of Common Council voted in March to create a task force …

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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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‘Expedition Basic Income’ launches grassroots campaign for large UBI experiment in Germany

By Sarah Delahaye More and more people feel that universal basic income (UBI) could change our society for the …

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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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One Mom’s Basic Income Story from Jackson, Mississippi

A intimate and personal story that gets at the heart of the challenges of being a single mother. Imagine …

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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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OpenAI’s Sam Altman: Artificial Intelligence can generate enough wealth to pay each adult $13,500 a year

By Catherine Clifford Artificial intelligence will create so much wealth that every adult in the United States could be paid …

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A guaranteed basic income would help all Canadians fulfill their full human potential

Introducing a Basic Income Guarantee would cost a lot of money. The good news is that we can finance …

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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 …

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Opinion: Why UBI?

This is a list of some arguments in support of UBI that I’ve most frequently come across during my …

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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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 …

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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 …

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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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 …

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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 …

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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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 …

Nancy Seto who runs and owns Yummi Cafe Laundromat at Oakwood Ave. and St. Clair Ave. W. has created the Free Laundry Access Program for people suffering monetary loss through COVID. She created a GoFundMe page asking only for $1,000 and it is already at $6,263 as of Monday morning. PHOTO BY JACK BOLAND /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun

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 …

Former Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs in February 2020. The basic income program he championed is over, but a new study shows promising results.  Photographer: Nick Otto/AFP via Getty Images

The Biggest Payoff From Stockton’s Basic Income Program: Jobs

A new report on the California’s city’s no-strings-attached money experiment shows that the $500 monthly stipend did more than improve …

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Spain’s government has agreed to test a 4-day workweek where employees would make the same amount while working fewer hours

Spain will test a four-day workweek in a new pilot program this year, The Guardian reports. The government will …

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 …

‘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 …

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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 …

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What a Modest Basic Income Might Have Done for My Mom

A guaranteed income gives people the mental, physical and economic benefits that come with a basic level of financial …

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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 …

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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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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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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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.
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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 …

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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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California’s Yolo County Considering Small Basic Income Pilot Funded by Marijuana Revenue

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy Families with young children currently living in deep poverty in Yolo County would receive monthly cash assistance …

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Pressure Mounts in Canada to Launch a Basic Income Pilot in Prince Edward Island

By Jolson Lim Support for a basic income may be shifting from one end of the country to the other. …

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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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How Poverty Makes Workers Less Productive

By Greg Rosalsky As Washington debates sending checks to Americans and increasing the minimum wage, a new study offers evidence for …

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New documentary explores arguments for and against creating a Universal Basic Income

The Cost of Living examines claims made by UBI’s supporters and detractors and includes interviews with welfare rights adviser …

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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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59 Percent of Likely Voters Support Local Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Programs

By Sean McElwee & Dawn Milam Amid an economic crisis and devastating unemployment that has families across the country …

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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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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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Meet the mayors pushing for basic income in 30 cities across the U.S.

Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, sometimes called “MGI,” was founded in June 2020 by founded by then-mayor of Stockton, …

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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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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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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 …

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Martin Luther King III Endorses Andrew Yang for Mayor Because of His Support for UBI

“Andrew’s commitment to a basic income is why I’m endorsing him, and why we’ve worked tirelessly to support Democrats across the …

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Unconditional Cash Program in Chicago Provides Further Evidence in Support of UBI

While enrolled in a universal basic income program, Patricia Jackson had access to a reserve of $3,200 that she …

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Providing workers with UBI did not reduce the amount of effort they put into their work, according to a lab experiment conducted by Spanish economists

Universal Basic Income did not disincentivize people from working. The results of this study contradict one of the most …

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Cash relief for the poor now: Andrew Yang says he can deliver on Martin Luther King Jr.’s promise

Yang is a Democratic candidate for mayor of New York. King is a civil and human rights advocate. By: Andrew …

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Yang’s Rivals in the NYC Mayoral Race Adopt Basic Income Guarantees Into Their Own Platforms

Andrew Yang favors a modified version of universal basic income that would provide payments of about $2,000 to a …

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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Editorial: 2020 Revealed That Universal Basic Income Cannot Wait Any Longer

By: Scott Santens Everything seemed to change in 2020, and yet in very important ways, what really needed to didn’t, …

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Andrew Yang Officially Announces Candidacy for NYC Mayor

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a former presidential contender, officially declared his run for New York City mayor. In a …

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BIEN Congress 2021 – Call for UBI papers

The local organising committee for the 2021 Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress in Glasgow are very excited to …

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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 …

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The European Citizens’ Initiative for Unconditional Basic Income

The ECI is asking for a universal basic income that is unconditional, individual, and of a quantity that is …

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang isn't staying on the sidelines of the economic relief debate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Yang’s Humanity Forward wants $2,000 coronavirus relief checks split into four monthly payments of $500

But Biden, who’s expected to offer more details of his plan Thursday, seems inclined to get the funds distributed …

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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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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 …

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2021 Will Be the Year of Guaranteed Income Experiments

At least 11 U.S. cities are piloting UBI programs to give some of their residents direct cash payments, no …

©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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A high school in New Orleans is providing $50 a week to seniors. Here’s what’s happened so far.

A study released this year by UNICEF and the Overseas Development Institute found that high-income countries can see a 5% drop …

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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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Joe Biden’s Administration Has Discussed Recurring Relief Checks with Andrew Yang’s Non-Profit

HIGHLIGHTS The press secretary for Andrew Yang’s Humanity Forward organization told Insider that the group has discussed potential recurring …

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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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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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‘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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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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Andrew Yang jumps into Hill debate to press for bipartisan stimulus checks deal

The one-time presidential candidate and tech entrepreneur has lobbied dozens of lawmakers in support of UBI in this time …

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UBI as Public Money for Public Purpose

Contribution to GTI Forum –  Universal Basic Income: Has the Time Come? By: Mary Mellor Interest in a basic …

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs talks during an interview in Stockton, Calif. Tubbs is one of the youngest mayors in the country and was the city’s first Black mayor. He garnered national attention with his universal basic income program that fights poverty by paying people $500 a month.

Universal Basic Income has been a ‘lifesaver’ to families during coronavirus pandemic: California mayor

By: Kristin Myers Universal basic income (UBI) has been a “lifesaver” for households participating in UBI pilot programs, Mayor …

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Columbia, South Carolina announces two-year basic income pilot focused on fathers

One hundred fathers in a South Carolina city will be paid $500 monthly for two years as part of …

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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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Kenya trial examines effect of universal basic income during pandemic

Unique new research is looking at the effects of UBI during a pandemic by analyzing data from a massive …

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‘We need radicalism to knit our humanity back together again:’ The case for UBI

ALEX CULVIN, member of UBI Lab Network, tells Georgina Trace how a Universal Basic Income in the UK could …

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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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‘It’s our duty’: How giving Canadians a basic income can improve health and reduce costs

‘Poverty is expensive’: Toronto doctor says universal basic income actually costs society less By Kamyar Razavi & Mike Le Couteur  Global News One …

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The workforce is automating faster than expected, displacing 85 million jobs in the next five years

Some jobs will disappear and others will emerge as the world faces a dual disruption The World Economic Forum’s Future …

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Prince Edward Island Special Committee on Poverty Calls for Implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee

One Canadian province is advocating UBI for its population to serve as a test case for all of Canada. …

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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 …

Maud Gonne and the 1930s’ movement for basic income in Ireland

Analysis: how a band of Catholic monetary reformers in Ireland promoted the idea of a basic income to eradicate …

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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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Opinion: It is imperative that members of the LGBTQ+ community are involved in the design process and advocacy of UBI

“There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly. …

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The moment for Universal Basic Income is now, and it’s local

As we look to a post-pandemic future, more and more local authorities are getting behind the idea of a …

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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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Glasgow City Treasurer to call for universal basic income trial support

City Treasurer Ricky Bell wants Glasgow to be at the “front of the queue” for a universal basic income …

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A $300-per-month UBI would cut Veteran poverty in half

Veterans of all ages have unique needs but our current social support systems aren’t sufficient for Veterans with disabilities. …

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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 …

A Monthly Basic Income Changed This German’s Life, and Then the Lives of 650 Others

Michael Bohmeyer’s website, “My Basic Income,” has given randomly selected people almost $1,200 a month for a year to …

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Five-Year Basic Income Pilot Launches in Hudson, NY

HudsonUP, founded by The Spark of Hudson and the Humanity Forward Foundation, will disburse $500 payments to 25 participants …

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Covid-19 has made a basic income system an economic imperative

Post-Covid, we must build a new income distribution system that will provide society, and every individual, with much greater …

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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, …

800 Compton residents to get guaranteed income in two-year pilot program

There’s a need for additional income, especially with the pandemic resulting in record high numbers of unemployment especially for …

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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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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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Has guaranteed basic income’s time arrived in Canada?

As people’s livelihoods have been thrown into upheaval amid the pandemic, public desire for a stronger safety net has …

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Economic Fallout From COVID-19 Continues To Hit Lower-Income Americans the Hardest

Half of adults who say they lost a job due to the coronavirus outbreak are still unemployed By: KIM PARKER, RACHEL …

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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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It’s not just ‘leftists’ who support a basic income

By: Tarek Fatah My column last week endorsing a guaranteed basic income triggered a surprising denunciation by many as …

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Opinion: It’s time the entire continent of Africa rolled out universal basic income

By: Stella Wamae. — ______________________________________________ Key stats: Africa, with a median age of 19.5, accounts for 16.72 per cent of …

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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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How the Finland Experiment Has Newly Informed the Basic Income Debate

As income inequality and economic upheaval take center stage, is a guaranteed minimum income worth considering? Results from a …

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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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Basic income could virtually eliminate poverty in the UK at an annual cost of 3.4% of GDP

Intuition is wrong when it comes to calculating the true cost of basic income – the UK can easily …

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

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Andrew Yang’s nonprofit is partnering with the $1K Project to bring $1,000 direct monthly payments to struggling US families

Andrew Yang’s nonprofit is partnering with the $1K Project to bring $1,000 direct monthly payments to struggling US families …

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Santa Clara County foster youth begin receiving $1,000 a month in basic income

Santa Clara County foster youth begin receiving $1,000 a month By: Katie Lauer Paid rent, a full stomach and …

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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Universal Basic Income Fixes the Problem of People Not Having Enough Money to Not Be Poor

Give a Buck is Mashable’s deep dive into Universal Basic Income — an idea gaining currency in a time of …

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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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How and Why a Fed-Financed UBI Would Not Lead to Inflation

According to an April 6 article on CNBC.com, Spain is slated to become the first country in Europe to introduce a …

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The US Has the Productive Capacity to Make UBI a Reality

Universal basic income — a monthly payment to everyone sufficient to meet basic needs — could end poverty overnight. …

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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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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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Is UBI in New York City’s future?

We’re down to single digits. Eight Democratic presidential candidates remain after three dropped out this week: Senator Michael Bennet …

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Push for UBI continues on

Andrew Yang’s bid for the Democratic nomination is over, but supporters of his basic income policy say his campaign …

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Andrew Yang creates new organization focused on data privacy, UBI, and the future of work

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang today launched Humanity Forward, a nonprofit organization intended to embody the spirit of the …

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Andrew Yang has dropped out of the race for president but UBI is here to stay

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Andrew Yang — the unknown entrepreneur turned Democratic presidential candidate — is ending his presidential …

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The Fall and Rise of the Basic Income Movement

Forty years ago today—February 7, 1980—was a small milestone for the Universal Basic Income (UBI) movement: Milton and Rose Friedman dedicated …

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How a VAT could tax the rich and pay for universal basic income

The Congressional Budget Office just projected a series of $1 trillion budget deficits—as far as the eye can see. Narrowing …

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The UBI Maze | Reflections on ‘The Future of Work, Technology and Basic Income

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the proposal that the state should provide a guaranteed income floor to everybody, as …

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Andrew Yang puts his universal basic income plan to the test

Chad Sziszak didn’t believe it at first. He got an email from Andrew Yang’s campaign that he would receive …

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Eleven Nobel Laureates Who Have Endorsed Universal Basic Income

The idea of an unconditional basic income (UBI) floor where everyone starts with the same minimum amount of money as everyone …

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A charity dropped a massive stimulus package on rural Kenya — and transformed the economy

For about a decade now, the charity GiveDirectly has been distributing cash straight to poor residents in sub-Saharan Africa, starting in …

Every dollar given to a household boosts local GDP by $2.60

Unconditional handouts benefit recipients—and their neighbours too

Economists have long argued that people should give each other money rather than gifts, since it is hard to …

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Mayor Of Stockton, Calif., Discusses Universal Basic Income Program Results

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: What would you do with an extra 500 bucks a month, no strings attached? Well, thanks …

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Support for UBI in the US has grown from 43% to 49% in the past seven months according to new HarrisX poll

Support for universal basic income (UBI) is on the rise, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released on Wednesday. …

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Opinion: The biggest threat to freedom in the world today is economic destitution

Here political philosopher and economist Karl Widerquist argues that UBI is required as compensation for the creation of property …

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UBI is Social Security for the 21st Century

It’s based on the dividends that accrue to Americans because of their everyday contributions as workers, consumers, caregivers and …

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The Complicated Politics of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend

What if we just give people money? This is the question propelling several new books and that’s been taken …

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Is Andrew Yang being unfairly ignored?

(CNN) Quick. Tell me the six highest-polling Democrats in the 2020 Democratic race. The first few are easy: Joe …

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An unconditional basic income floor permits everyone to fail. And that’s a good thing.

The opportunity to fail is a privilege afforded to a narrow subset of Americans. Risk and reward are two …

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A solution for childhood obesity? Universal basic income

First published on May 31, 2019 A new study links an extra $1,000 a year paid through Alaska’s Permanent …

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Testimony of Kenya’s basic income beneficiaries

After the article “A Critical Poverty Eradication Experiment in Kenya”, published in the last issue of the BIEN News …

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Lessons from a one-family basic income demonstration

Chuck Fassi, 49, a self-described introvert with a heavy New England accent, has spent much of the past two …

Universal basic income vs jobs guarantees: which one will make us happier?

Two competing (or, possibly, complementary?) proposals for resolving income inequality and the hole that four decades of demand-side Reaganomics …

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100,000 jobs could be lost to robots in Reading, PA over next 20 years.

Thousands of people could be put out of work by robots in reading in the next 20 years. Although …

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A Canadian Guy on Basic Income – A Success Story

James Collura was a recipient of basic income in Ontario’s recently cancelled Basic Income Pilot experiment. This is his …

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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 …

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Nixon-era proposal to give “basic income” to all people springs back to life

Andy Stern spent his career organizing service workers, fighting for higher wages and improving working conditions as head of …

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Obama and Bezos Could Make Basic Income Work

This week, former U.S. President Barack Obama tentatively endorsed the idea of a universal basic income. The fortune of …

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Plan to pay 1,000 residents $1,000 a month—no strings attached.

Each month, 1,000 struggling Chicagoans would get $1,000, no strings attached, to help break the cycle of poverty, under …