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ALASKA: Dividend likely to shrink again this year but hope for a renewed boom is ever present

Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) is volatile and uncertain reflecting the Alaskan economy, which—typical of resource-exporting regions—is subject to volatile commodity prices, fear that resource exports will soon run out, and hope that a new export boom could be about to begin. The dividend is likely to decline this year as more difficult news about the state’s finances comes out,

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ITALY:, Campaign for Guaranteed Minimum Income launched in July 2012

A large number of associations, grassroots organisations, social activists and committees have launched a campaign to propose a popular initiative bill on guaranteed minimum income in Italy. The campaign has been launched in July 2012 and will end in December 2012. During this time 50,000 signatures need to be collected. The organisations of the campaign reckon that it is time

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GERMANY: Chancellor Merkel Speaks Against BIG

Germany chancellor, Angela Merkel, spoke out against meeting at a recent meeting at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Following the recent electoral success of pro-basic income parties, such as the Pirate Party, participants asked Chancellor Merkel about the proposal. Merkel emphasized that everyone should earn their living by work and asserted that there is enough flexibility in today’s

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Thompson, D. R. “Emerson Meets Wall Street: Systems Think, the Citizen Dividend, and Economic Democracy.”

In this article published in The Potomac, D. R. Thompson argues that non-financial problems facing the US today, such as energy, environment, poverty, debt addiction, health, and education are all interrelated with financial system and connot be addressed separately. The solution that Thompson provides to this contemporary inter related problems is the creation of a Joint Economic Policy Office and

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Blog, “Citizen’s Basic Income Amendment.”

In this proposal for a change in the Constitution published in Slate, the blogger suggests the creation of an hourly, tax-free subsidy that will be equal to full time work. In the face of such a change, the author suggests the federal minimum wage will be unnecessary. Also, argues the blogger, social welfare payments to able-bodied adults should be eliminated

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Albano Laziale, Italy, 19th July 2012: Debate on Labour Policies and Guranteed Minimum Income

A  debate titled “Economics for the People or Economics for things? Labour Policies and Guaranteed Minimum Income” will be held on Thursday 19th of July 2012 in Albano Laziale within the Festival called ‘Festa Cambia Musica’. The debate starts at 6.30 pm, and it is introduced and presided by M. Zammataro, who is SEL (Left Ecology Freedom) coordinator in Lazio

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SOUTH AFRICA: Protesters demand Basic Income Grant

On June 16, 2012, Khayelitsha, South Africa, has faced protests in favor of basic income, according to Sisi Lwandle. Khayelitsha Progressive Youth Movement and New Women’s Movement demanded basic income grant of about 2000 Rand (roughly US$240) per year, increase in child support grant, and end to labor brokers. Many civil society organizations in South Africa call for basic income

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UNITED NATIONS: Social Protection Floor Petition

An initiative called the Global Extension of Social Security (GESS) has recently created a petition calling on all governments to implement a national social protection floor (SPF), and calling on the United Nations to assist in the development and implementation of such policies. The target audience for the petition is the United Nations’ NGO Committee for Social Development. The petition has over 4000 signatures to date.

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GERMANY: Angela Merkel against Basic Income but willing to discuss it this July

In the springtime 2011 Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, started to talk with experts, practitioners, citizens and representatives of the civil society on how to deal with the challenges of the future. During these meetings several times people wanted to know Merkel’s position on Basic Income. At 8th June 2012 Deutsche Welle, a German media concern, reported in English: Chancellor

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