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MAINE INTRODUCES A SMALL REFUNDABLE TAX CREDIT

The state of Maine has introduced a small refundable tax credit as part of a tax reform bill designed to streamline and flatten the tax system, The refundable portion of the tax credit is only $50, and residents have to apply to get it. Thus, the take-up rate and the significance of the program remain to be seen, but it is a small step in the direction of universality.

For stories on Maine’s tax reform see:
“Who Pays and Who Benefits?: 21st Century Tax Reform for Maine, the Bureau of Labor Education, University of Maine, available at:
http://dll.umaine.edu/BLE/index.htm
and
Income Tax Reform in Maine: How It Works and Who Benefits?
Richard Woodbury, Working Paper, March 2010, available at:
http://taxreformmaine.org/docs/Income%20Tax%20Reform%20in%20Maine.pdf

Karl Widerquist

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 894 articles.

Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor of political philosophy at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University, specializing in distributive justice—the ethics of who has what. Much of his work involves Universal Basic Income (UBI). He is a co-founder of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG). He served as co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) for 7 years, and now serves as vice-chair. He was the Editor of the USBIG NewsFlash for 15 years and of the BIEN NewsFlash for 4 years. He is a cofounder of BIEN’s news website, Basic Income News, the main source of just-the-facts reporting on UBI worldwide. He is a cofounder and editor of the journal Basic Income Studies, the only academic journal devoted to research on UBI.
Widerquist has published several books and many articles on UBI both in academic journals and in the popular media. He has appeared on or been quoted by many major media outlets, such as NPR’s On Point, NPR’s Marketplace, PRI’s the World, CNBC, Al-Jazeera, 538, Vice, Dissent, the New York Times, Forbes, the Financial Times, and the Atlantic Monthly, which called him “a leader of the worldwide basic income movement.”

Widerquist holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory form Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York (1996). He has published seven books, including Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2017, coauthored by Grant S. McCall) and Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He has published more than a twenty scholarly articles and book chapters.

Most Karl Widerquist’s writing is available on his “Selected Works” website (works.bepress.com/widerquist/). More information about him is available on his BIEN profile and on Wikipedia. He writes the blog “the Indepentarian” for Basic Income News.

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