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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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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 …

Guaranteed income helps stabilize people during difficult times such as during a pandemic. Bryan Woolston/Reuters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

UBI Gains a Friend in High Places

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

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

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

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Conservative Party President Calls for Universal Basic Income in Belgium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020. 312 pages.

The Other Epidemic: Deaths of Despair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Americans still need a lifeline despite trillions in coronavirus aid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Americans Need Recurring Stimulus Checks Until the Pandemic Is Over

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

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

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

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

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

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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 — …

Richmond, Virginia Mayor Levar Stoney speaks on December 10, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Zach Gibson/Getty Images

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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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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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 …

Hundreds of people line up for a free food distribution event held by the Food Bank of New York at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, May 15, 2020. (Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)

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 …

Andrew Yang officially announced his bid for mayor of New York City on Wednesday. James Estrin/The New York Times

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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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 …