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UNITED STATES: Vermont General Assembly Considers Basic Income Commission

As basic income experiments and pilots continue to garner discussions in countries all around the world, it appears the state of Vermont in the United States is hoping to join the ranks of those interested in conducting further research on the idea.

Representative Susan Davis has submitted bill H.689 to the Vermont General Assembly that calls upon Vermont to establish a Universal Basic Income Commission to evaluate the possible future of a basic income in Vermont.  Submitting the bill through the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs on January 27, Davis hopes the new Universal Basic Income Commission will study and prepare an analysis of the idea in Vermont, including possible funding plans.

The bill is currently in committee, but it calls upon the state government to enact the legislation by July 1, 2016.

To learn more, click here to view the Vermont General Assembly website page for the bill.

Josh Martin

About Josh Martin

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Josh Martin is a recent graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received an MSc in Social Policy and Planning and wrote his dissertation on the universal basic income as a possible solution to the problems facing Universal Credit in the UK. Prior to LSE, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is originally from Decorah, Iowa.

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One comment

  • SCOTT SIMPSON

    This is Huuuge! For me anyway, I will contact Ms Davis today. Very interested to hear who’s supporting this here in VT. I will pitch is as is useful.

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