BC study calls for a global basic income, despite opposition

A UBC study argues that a basic income could boost gross domestic product (GDP) around the world, but such an income may be some time away, if ever.

A new UBC study proposes financing a basic income with a tax on pollution and environmental destruction.

But it could still be some time before such a move is implemented, if it ever happens.Dr. Rashid Sumaila, a professor at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, said he and his co-authors explored this topic after the COVID-19 pandemic saw the emergence of various social arrangements to support people. Another source of inspiration […]

B.C. study argues for global basic income, despite opposition

B.C. study argues for global basic income, despite opposition

A UBC study calls for a global basic income funded through a tax on pollution. (Unsplash) A new UBC study proposes to fund a basic income with a tax on pollution and environmental destruction.

But such a step may be some time away from being implemented, if ever.

Dr. Rashid Sumaila, a professor with UBC’s school of public policy and global affairs, said he and his co-authors looked into the subject after the COVID-19 pandemic saw the emergence of several social schemes to support people. Another inspiration was research in the developing world showing income support ends up improving ecological sustainability […]

Rep. Schiff lauds Stockton as model for poverty fighting bill

Rep. Schiff lauds Stockton as model for poverty fighting bill

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the House Judiciary Committee markup hearing to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress, Thursday, May 16, 2024, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) A Stockton-pioneered experiment paying impoverished residents $500 monthly with no strings attached would be tested nationwide if a proposal by Rep. Adam Schiff gets through Congress.

The Burbank Democrat told ABC7 Bay Area his national pilot project targeting Medicaid recipients “builds on a study done in Stockton.” A small amount of monthly income helps stabilize families on the edge of poverty, improves their work, physical […]

Texas Supreme Court keeps ‘Uplift Harris’ on hold, stopping Harris County from distributing guaranteed income funds

Texas Supreme Court keeps ‘Uplift Harris’ on hold, stopping Harris County from distributing guaranteed income funds

Turn your bed into a vacation with this $35 Egyptian-quality 1,000 thread count sheet set Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo discusses Uplift Harris program (KPRC 2) On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled against Harris County’s new income pilot program , Uplift Harris, that prevents the county from sending financial assistance to in-need families. The ruling is the latest volley in a political match with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and extends a preliminary pause put on the program in April. RELATED: Texas Supreme Court blocks $500 monthly payments after Ken Paxton files appeal against Uplift Harris

Recommended […]

Texas Supreme Court Extends Pause on Harris County Guaranteed Income Program

Texas Supreme Court Extends Pause on Harris County Guaranteed Income Program

In response to a state challenge against Harris County’s controversial guaranteed basic income pilot program, Uplift Harris, the Texas Supreme Court issued a stay ordering that Harris County continue to refrain from issuing a planned $500 monthly stipend to families.

In response, Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee said , “I disagree with the decision, which could impact how the GOP attacks similar programs across the US. … This decision could end Uplift Harris as it exists today.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton who brought forward the initial challenge to the program said, “Harris County’s guaranteed income scheme is a clear and flagrant […]

Texas Supreme Court says Harris County’s guaranteed income program ‘unconstitutional’

Texas Supreme Court says Harris County's guaranteed income program 'unconstitutional'

HOUSTON, TEXAS – APRIL 10: Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1 Rodney Ellis answers a question from the press during a press conference responding to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxtons lawsuit challenging the Uplift Harris program, the guaranteed income program, Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Harris County Administration Building in Houston. Harris County officials called the lawsuit by Paxton a targeted act. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images) The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday to keep Harris County’s guaranteed income pilot program on hold. The court sided with Attorney General Ken Paxton and effectively halted the program’s $500 monthly […]

Texas Supreme Court halts payments under Uplift Harris

Texas Supreme Court halts payments under Uplift Harris

Support the PBS stories you cherish with a gift to Houston Public Media today. Act now and invest in programs that enlighten, educate, and entertain our community! The Texas Supreme Court The Texas Supreme Court has temporarily halted payments under Harris County’s pilot guaranteed income program.

The Texas Supreme Court granted the state’s request to prohibit Uplift Harris payments, pending the outcome of the state’s lawsuit against Harris County challenging the program. The Texas Attorney General’s Office, responding to a request from State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) argued that the Uplift Harris program violates the state constitution’s ban on "gratuitous […]

Texas Supreme Court says Harris County must hold on payments to residents through guaranteed income program

Texas Supreme Court says Harris County must hold on payments to residents through guaranteed income program

Uplift Harris was set to go into effect in April when it was blocked just before payments were to go out.

HOUSTON — The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that Harris County must hold off paying residents through its guaranteed income program for now.

The pause will remain until county leaders get the go-ahead for Uplift Harris from the Texas Supreme Court. Meanwhile the case continues to play out in the court of appeals.More than 1,900 hundred low-income families have already been chosen for the Uplift Harris program. They were set to receive $500 a month for a year and […]

The Morning Briefing: Diversity in Pensions appoints new chair; EV expands income drawdown functionality

The Morning Briefing: Diversity in Pensions appoints new chair; EV expands income drawdown functionality

Good morning and welcome to your Morning Briefing for Friday 14 June 2024. To get this in your inbox every morning click here.

Diversity in Pensions appoints new chair

Jenny Davie, The Pension Regulator’s (TPR) head of regulatory transactions and frontline services, has been appointed chair of Diversity in Pensions.Davie has worked at TPR for 17 years across a range of operational teams. Most recently, she has been on secondment with TPR’s People team.The Diversity in Pensions working group was set up in 2019 to promote diversity in senior decision-making roles within the pensions industry. Read the full […]

South Africa’s new Government of National Unity is the right time to implement UBI

South Africa’s new Government of National Unity is the right time to implement UBI

South Africa has now announced its new Government of Unity following elections on the 29th May. These elections have been a celebration of South Africa’s democracy.

There is a clear mandate from the electorate to deliver on manifesto promises and we applaud the parties who committed to a Universal Basic Income (UBI).

A coalition of South Africa organisations including the Social Policy Initiative (SPI) has been advocating for a Universal Basic Income as a fiscal solution to increasing levels of inequality and poverty, by boosting the economy resulting in new jobs. SPI’s particular approach proposes a model which […]