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United States: After Stockton, Newark mayor announces the intention to test UBI

Ras Baraka (in Wikipedia) Ras Baraka, present-day mayor of Newark, has announced the intention of rolling out a universal basic income (UBI) pilot program in the city. Newark, a city just outside Manhattan island, is plagued by poverty (around one third of its population lives under the poverty line), and that is the prime motivation for going through with the

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United States: Green New Deal – the environmental and social revolutions are linked

Picture credit: CC (Giuseppe Milo) With an article on The Conversation, Fabian Shuppeter investigates how Universal Basic Income may be the key to make the green transition possible. A letter demanding to take swift action to address the threat of climate change, with over 600 signatories, was proposed earlier this year (on the tenth of January) to the American Congress.

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AOC buckled under pressure over basic income

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, is a fighter. Ever since she was elected to the United States (US) House of Representatives, she has been doing much “ass kicking”. She made clear that energy transition in America was imminently necessary, and made a few headlines with her Green New Deal. A first draft of the Green New Deal also included

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Unites States: Andrew Yang reaches milestone: likely to be in a televised debate

Andrew Yang on TV. Picture credit to: WMUR In a statement issued to supporters, Andrew Yang has announced that his campaign has met the main criteria for appearing in a first round of debates to be organized by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The latter have said that they will organize debates for candidates who have recruited over 65000 donors

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United States: Andrew Yang is not only talking about basic income: if elected, the idea is to implement it

Andrew Yang. Picture credit to: The Daily Beast Few political analysts bear to take Andrew Yang presidential candidacy seriously, but that doesn’t seem to slow him down. Yang’s team (informally also called “Yang’s gang”) has already surpassed a 14000 donors mark, and has active members in more than 35 states. From previous articles, and from several interviews, it is clear

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United States: Elizabeth Warren pushes for a universal child care policy in her presidential candidacy program

Elizabeth Warren. Picture credit to: Vox   Childcare in America is amongst the highest in the world. For typical middle-class families (two working parents with two children), it sits at just about 30% of the family’s earnings, according to an OECD study which places it as the 5th more expensive in the world. For low-income single parents the result is even

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United States: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets to the point of what it means to be “unwilling to work”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Picture credit to: The Cut. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) tabled a Resolution on the United States House of Representatives (H.RES.109) which hinted, in a first version, that “the Green New Deal would take care of people who are “unwilling to work””. That last bit of the sentence started a political hurricane in the United States. In that country, work

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United States: 18th USBIG Annual Congress

The 18th annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress will be held next June 15-16th, 2019, at the Silberman School of Social Work of the Hunter College in New York City. The Congress Major Theme is: Basic Income on the Policy Agenda, and the call is out for proposals. The deadline for proposal submissions is February 18th, 2019. Submissions can be made

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United States: Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends

“The answer is blowing in the wind”. Picture credit to: BBC News. It’s official. Twenty-seven Nobel Laureate economists, four former chairs of the Federal Reserve, fifteen former chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers and two former secretaries of the US Department of Treasury now agree: a carbon-tax must exist, and its dividends should be distributed back to all US

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