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What We Can Learn From Finland’s Basic Income Experiment

Finland’s Failed Experiment?<p>Universal basic income (UBI) is a hot topic in the world today. So far, however, very few experiments have been conducted …

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Fact check: How deep does the Canada Child Benefit cut child poverty rates?

Touting the one-year-old Canada Child Benefit (CCB) last week, Justin Trudeau said the $23-billion-a-year measure has raised 300,000 children out of …

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NDP Leader Candidate Guy Caron Pitches $90-Billion ‘Workers First’ Economic Plan

NDP leadership contender Guy Caron put out a “Workers First” platform plank Wednesday that includes $90 billion in new spending priorities and a …

Canadian News

When Robots Take Our Jobs, A Brilliant Idea Could Safeguard Our Future

Millions are going to be replaced by robots. What's our plan?<p><b>A Grain of Saul is a weekly column that digs into some of the biggest issues we face as</b> …

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Six months on: Feedback on Finland's basic income trial

Finland's social benefits administrator Kela began a small basic income trial in 2016, as the government cast about to find a viable solution to …

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CA Caps And Trades Employment -- Is Taxing Robots Next?

<i>This piece is co-written with Doug Haaland – a former Chief Policy Consultant to Republicans in the California Legislature.</i><p>California is at it again!<p>In pursuit of its workers’ utopia and green sanctuary state, California has passed a massive cap and trade program. It effectively becomes the second, …

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Food Workers Are at Risk in Today's Changing Economy

Here are five ways to protect them<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> <i>Civil Eats</i><i>.</i><p>The way we engage with food is changing — fast. Apps like UberEats, Instacart, and DoorDash enable consumers to order grocery items or take-out meals delivered directly to their doorsteps. Meal kit delivery services …

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School Vouchers Are Not a Form of ‘Welfare’

It’s time school-choice advocates adopted the language of their intellectual progenitor, Milton Friedman.<p>Psychologist Jonathan Haidt, well-known for …

Education

More Calgarians can't afford food despite summer programs for kids, experts say

Free meal providers note they're feeding more children who would otherwise go hungry<p>Michelle Banks feels no shame in admitting she uses the Calgary …

Poverty

Could space pay for a universal basic income?

The idea of a universal basic income is gaining traction, in think tanks and in Silicon Valley, as a response to the rise of outsourced and automated …

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Why Hourly Wages Don't Make Sense, but a 30-Hour Workweek Does

There's enough money in this country alone to make everyone happy. So why do so few have so much of it? Did they work hard for it? Not really. Think …

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A Realistic Economic Platform For Democrats

Democrats are struggling to agree upon an economic vision to offer voters after the 2016 election loss. The debate seems to have boiled down to a universal basic income (UBI) versus a jobs guarantee (JG), with some truly optimistic souls arguing we should have both. These are, I think even …

Economy

The Latest Bright Idea That Won't Work - A Federal Jobs Guarantee Program

The latest bright idea out there on the left is that there should be a Federal jobs guarantee program. Instead of having unemployment, or even low wages, we should just simply get the government to hire everyone. OK, the Center for American Progress is being a little bit more subtle than that but …

Opinion

The Future of Work

What happens when the robots get all the jobs?<p>The biggest problem facing <b>Silicon Valley</b> is not undervalued unicorns.<p>Nor is it sexual harassment, …

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The Cost of Universal Basic Income Is Less Than You Might Think

Imagine a group of five people. They have an income distribution of <b>$10, $20, $30, $50, and $100</b>. Someone gets the BIG idea of everyone putting 40% of …

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Alan Tudge waves his wand – and turns welfare debate upside down

Inadequacy of unemployment benefits has been accepted pretty much across the board, but the minister is now trying to define the problem away<p>A Turnbull government minister has taken the novel approach of changing the definition of poverty to reject the widely-held conclusion that inadequate …

Economics

The Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 22)

<b>BIOTECH</b><p><b>Verily Robot Will Raise 20 Million Sterile Mosquitoes for Release in California</b> <i><br>Emily Mullin | MIT Technology Review</i><br>“To help breed and release …

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Protection for vulnerable workers a must for modernizing Ontario’s economy, labour advocates say

Robust protections for vulnerable workers are critical to modernizing Ontario’s economy, advocates told government Friday at a packed committee …

Canadian News

As the Canada Child Benefit turns 1, who has actually benefited?

A year in, has the Canada Child Benefit really yielded the reform, and fairness, the Liberals promised?

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Could Hawaii Be The First State To Offer A Basic Income?

Talking to one the state representatives who’s pushed the state government to study the policy.<p>With trials already underway in Kenya, Finland, and Oakland, and several others planned elsewhere, basic income is starting to get a thorough testing. The idea of direct cash transfers to meet basic human …

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Money for Nothing? Universal Basic Income Gains Traction

By<p>Mark Zuckerberg is drawing new attention to the concept of giving everyone a salary.<p>Posted July 20, 2017

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Silicon Valley's push for universal basic income is — surprise! — totally self-serving

Just a year ago, proposing a concept like universal basic income could practically get me laughed off the stage at a tech industry conference. The idea that everyone should be guaranteed a minimum subsidy from the government seemed to go against every fundamental tenet of creative destruction: …

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How do governments impact the economy?

Taxes, welfare, immigration, conflicts - all types of government policy have big implications for the economy. And they affect almost everything in …

Economics

In Developing Countries, a Strong Case for Universal Basic Income to Combat Poverty

Given the differences in the costs of living and the level of abject poverty in developing countries, a UBI scheme could have a considerable impact …

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Let the robots take our jobs and pay for a universal basic income

As developments in artificial intelligence and robotics advance, there is going to be a severe and swift disruption of many working classes. Large swaths of laborers are going to lose their jobs, leading to unprecedented levels of unemployment.<p>To account for this problem, having access to basic …

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After 10 Year Freeze, New NDP Government Raises Welfare Rates

A $100-per-month welfare and disability increase announced by the New Democratic Party government today wasn’t unexpected, but is nevertheless …

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NDP to end 10-year freeze on welfare this fall

The new NDP government will end a 10-year freeze on welfare rates this fall.<p>Premier John Horgan announced this morning that income assistance and …

Canadian News

The 2 most popular critiques of basic income are both wrong

At first blush, basic income — a proposal where every American gets a regular stipend from the government, just for being alive — sounds like a radical, even absurd, idea.<p>It says that people should be guaranteed enough money to live on whether they spend most of their time working, or in school, or …

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Why Finland’s Basic Income Experiment Isn’t Working

HELSINKI, Finland — Universal basic income is generating considerable interest these days, from Bernie Sanders, who says he is “absolutely sympathetic” to the idea, to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and other tech billionaires. The basic idea behind it is that handing out …

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Free money for everyone: will universal basic income ever happen?

“Times of crisis are also times of great freedom,” wrote the French social philosopher André Gorz in 1983. “Our world is out of joint; societies are …

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