A podcast exploring the politics, implications and challenges of the basic income--a policy in which every person would receive a monthly check to cover basic expenses.
Jamie Morgan: Improving racial equity by combining basic income and Baby Bonds
One of the proposals championed during the 2020 Democratic primary was Baby Bonds, which would create steadily growing trust accounts for each child that they could access when they turn 18. The Institute for Assets and Social Policy at the Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis partnered with podcast co-host Jim Pugh through the Universal Income Project to model how such a program would drastically reduce income and asset poverty when combined with a basic income. Jamie Morgan, a PhD student at the Heller School, joined the podcast to discuss this concept and the promise it holds.
Link to the full report: Accelerating Equity and Justice: Basic Income and Generational Wealth.
The $1200 Check for Every American and What’s Yet to Come
Recently, the CARES Act, the largest coronavirus relief package to date was signed into law, and it included, among many other things, a $1200 check for every legal adult resident making $75,000 (or $150,000 for couples), and $500 for each of their children. Jim and Owen discuss this major dispersement of unconditional cash, what it means in the short term and what we might expect going forward.
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Basic Income Interest Surges Due To COVID-19 Crisis
While interest in universal basic income has increased steadily over the last five years, it has surged to unprecedented levels over the last five weeks. Cash transfers, either as a one-off or an ongoing program, are being discussed on both sides of the aisle as the U.S. deals with the economic fallout caused by social distancing measures to slow the spread of the novel coranavirus. Jim and Owen discuss some of the bills under consideration, what makes for a good basic income bill and how far we’ve come in such a short period of time.
Leah Hamilton: Why Basic Income Could Address Issues of Welfare Programs
We often mention that our current welfare programs have serious inefficiencies, bottlenecks and unnecessary filters, and on this episode, we delve into the tragic human toll these bureaucratic issues cause. Dr. Leah Hamilton, Associate Professor at Appalachian State University and author of Welfare Doesn’t Work: The Promises of Basic Income for a Failed American Safety Net, has studied the welfare state in the U.S. and gotten to know families that have been torn apart as a result of asset limits and other harmful criteria in our benefit programs. She joined the podcast to discuss these problems and why basic income could be a solution.
Alex Howlett: Making Basic Income Dynamic and Responsive
The amount that everyone would receive under a basic income is generally stated as $1000 per month, give or take, with any nod to how this amount would change contained in the occasional “chained to inflation” at the end. Our guest this week, Alex Howlett, argues for a different framework: making the basic income dynamic and dependent on several economic factors. Jim discusses this concept with Alex, and how it might work in practice.
Stacey Rutland: Building a Post-Yang Campaign Basic Income Movement
The Andrew Yang presidential campaign introduced millions of people to the idea of basic income, and galvanized many who are excited by the idea. Income Movement is an organization looking to build on this progress to create a sustained national movement for basic income. Jim spoke with Stacey Rutland, one of Income Movement’s cofounders, on what they have done so far and their plans for the future.
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2019 is Bringing this issue to the national attention — I had never heard of it before 2018. Thank you for taking the time to interview people with experience with this amazing idea!
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I love the first podcast that I listened to that described the steps to making Basic Income a reality in the USA. Nice!
Well informed and great guests on each episode. Thanks for the great work Owen!