Tag: UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME

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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 …

Local politicians, philanthropists, and activists are coalescing around a new clarion call: Give people money. (Photo credit: fridhelm/ gothamcity/ Shutterstock/ Grace Z. Li)

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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‘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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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 …

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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 …

Many Stockton residents, in line at the Emergency Food Bank in December, have been hit hard by the economic impact of the pandemic.

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 …

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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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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, …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Poll: Americans Want Immediate Checks, Not Increased Targeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Congress learned to stop worrying and start disbursing cash

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

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Canadian Artists Testify on the Dire Need for Basic Income

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Public Service Announcement Campaign for Universal Basic Income Launched

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

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

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

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

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

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Opinion: Put the Money Printer on Autopilot

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

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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 …

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

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

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Universal basic income would offer a safety net as we adjust to the new normal

The idea of a UBI for all citizens is gaining traction because UBI gives us the freedom to say …

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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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Social Security for All?

The pandemic has exposed the systemic failures of America’s inadequate welfare state. It’s time to start over. By: MIMI …

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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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Basic income must become part of a new settlement, for a new post-Covid age

By: Patrick Hurley. – I read with real interest Anna Coote’s article earlier this week, which questioned the arguments and assumptions …

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“A universal basic income should be the post-pandemic legacy we leave the next generation.”

Now, more than ever, we need a state that lifts people out of poverty and gives them the equality …

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After universal cash relief, South Korea is showing increasing interest in universal basic income

By Ock Hyun-ju ——- Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung announces a basic income program designed to help residents and …

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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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Universal basic income is about universal basic security

Imagine, for a moment, that the robots have won. The year is 2049—the same year researchers once pegged as …

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California state lawmaker introduces bill to create universal basic income of $1K a month

California Assemblyman Evan Low (D) introduced a bill this week to create a universal basic income in the state, …

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Universal basic income is gaining ground in some cities

NEWARK, N.J. — Local leaders across the United States are turning to private donors to fund an out-of-the-box policy …

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Universal Basic Income Gains Momentum Beyond Yang at Fourth Debate as Gabbard and Castro Add Their Support

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang promoted his signature campaign promise of a $1,000 “Freedom Dividend” for all Americans during Tuesday’s …

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The crazy, true story of Nixon and basic income

Tech CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are talking up the idea of a universal basic income. But …

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Opinion: Universal basic income can work. I know it could be the difference between life and death

I am the daughter of a single mother, a mother who raised me and my sister with the help …

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The documentary, ‘UBI, our right to live’, now available online

The film directed by Álvaro Orús and promoted by Pressenza and Humanists for Basic Income, was premiered at the …

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Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend Is Only A Step Toward Elon Musk’s Basic Income Vision

Andrew Yang has managed to stay in the Texas Hold’em tournament past the first bubble. Unlike other outsiders, he …

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Andrew Yang responds to Bernie Sanders’ dismissal of universal basic income

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Tuesday fired back at Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s (I-Vt.) after the senator criticized him for …

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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 …

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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George McGovern Proposed a Universal Basic Income. It Didn’t Go Well for Him.

Proposing to give every American a basic income hurt George McGovern in 1972. Maybe it will work better for …

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Will robots take your job?

(An alternate version of this article was originally published in the Boston Globe) On December 2nd, 1942, a team …

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$1,000 monthly in universal basic income gets put to a test

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is putting his money where his mouth is: He’s giving families $1,000 a month …

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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 …