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United States: More on the fiscal crisis in Alaska

It seems that the Alaskan tax policy is being too generous with oil companies. On top of the fact that there is no income or value-added tax (VAT) in Alaska, every year oil companies operating in Alaska are granted wealthy tax credits, this year amounting to $1.2 billion. That is roughly the amount of the state’s deficit, for the reduction

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Canada: A 20-year basic income experiment is being considered in Quebec

Yv Bonnier Viger. Picture credit to: Huffpost Quebec   Gaspesie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine regional public health director Yv Bonnier Viger is convinced that basic income can have dramatic positive effects on people’s health. So much so that the local public health sector, plus other regional organizations focused on health, well-being and poverty alleviation, are pushing for a 20-year long experiment in

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United States: Recent poll reveals exactly who is supporting Andrew Yang’s UBI

Echelon Insights has developed a poll where, amongst other issues, has questioned 1006 registered voters about Andrew Yang’s universal basic income (UBI) policy (to be implemented if he’s elected). It turns out that, globally, support for UBI is tightly close to opposition to it (40% support vs 43% opposed), within the surveyed sample. However, further questions in the poll reveal

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Canada: Strike due to automation developments at Port of Vancouver

Transportation is not the only sector where automation is eating away jobs. Large commercial ports are also being hit hard, as recent events in Vancouver show. Workers at the Port of Vancouver went on strike last month, due to a pressing issue on automation with the employer Global Containers Terminal (GCT). According to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU),

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United States: Alaska’s desperate governor considers massive cuts to university budget to keep Dividend

Mike Dunleavy, sitting on top of an oversized Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend check. Picture credit to: Anchorage Daily News. Basic income yes, but not at any cost. The alarm comes from Alaska, where governor Mike Dunleavy has announced cutting his 2020 state budget by as much as $410 million, one-third of which will fall upon the University of Alaska. To

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United States: Unstoppable Andrew Yang carries basic income to the national debate stage

All ten candidates at the Democratic Deabte for the United States Presidential elections.   “It is not left, it is not right, it is forward”. Andrew Yang drank from Scott Santens famous words, to finish off his contribution to the Democratic Debate to the United States Presidential elections in 2020. The political debate, held on June 27th 2019, featured all

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Europe: An EU citizens initiative for a Carbon Fee & Dividend is collecting signatures

An European Citizen’s Initiative on the application of a carbon tax-citizen’s dividend scheme has been accepted by the European Commission (May 2019) and is, at the moment, collecting support signatures (up until May 2020).   The initiative calls for the application of a Carbon Fee, collected by European Countries, to be redistributed entirely through the general population, with no attached

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United States: A bill to test basic income in Massachusetts is being discussed

Tami L. Gouveia (left) and James B. Eldridge (right). Picture credit to Lusoamericano (Tami) and Wikipedia (James). Although it is considered an unlikely pass, House Bill 1632, which would put in place a basic income pilot test in the state of Massachusetts, is being discussed at the local parliament. This pilot program would broadly consist on unconditionally dispensing 1000 $/month

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Estonia: Estonian Parliament examines possibility of testing basic income in the country

Jaanus Nurmoja. Picture credit to: ERR   On May 29th 2019, Jaanus Nurmoja, an Estonian journalist, musician and political activist, delivered to the social affairs committee of the Estonian Parliament a document entitled “About the study of the feasibility and impact of unconditional basic income (citizen’s income) in Estonia”. The document was accepted for analysis by the committee, and awaits a

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United States: Maryland’s legislator pushing the creation of a social wealth fund for the state

Gabriel Acevero (on Twitter) On June 18th, Maryland Delegate Gabriel Acevero was interviewed by the Basic Income Podcast, about his intention to create a social wealth fund in his state, created with revenue from medical cannabis (but not exclusively). The fund, also labelled “The Maryland People’s Fund”, is designed to eventually pay out to every citizen from the state a

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