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INTERNATIONAL: Ten Thousand People Are Discussing Basic Income on Reddit

[Scott Santens] On April 12th, a new milestone was reached by the basic income community on Reddit, aka /r/BasicIncome, with its surpassing of 10,000 global subscribers. On April 12th of last year, the number of subscribers was twelve. Reddit is among the top most visited sites worldwide, with traffic last year exceeding 731 million unique [...]

UNITED STATES: Peace and Freedom Party Endorses Basic Income

BI News has learn that the Peace and Freedom Party added the following demand to its Platform: “A Universal Basic Income with full social benefits as a basic human right” at its March 22 Central Committee meeting in Culver City, CA. Peace and Freedom is the largest socialist party in the United States with more [...]

AUSTRALIA: Pirate Party Considers Basic Income

Australia’s Pirate Party is considering adopting basic income as part of its tax platform, policy development documents posted online suggest. The draft framework proposes that the basic income could be delivered through the introduction of a negative income tax. However, their website advises that the policy is not yet finalized and represents neither the party’s [...]

UNITED STATES: CNN and The Blaze duel over Basic Income.

The growing debate on basic income has reached CNN this week and prompted a response in the Blaze (the libertarian-conservative news network founded by talk radio personality, Glenn Beck). On April 14, David R. Wheeler praised basic income. The article prompted more than 10,000 comments on in the first three days after it’s publication. [...]

UNITED KINGDOM: The Green Party reaffirms its commitment to a Citizen’s Income (BIG)

On Saturday 1st March the Green Party Spring Conference passed the following resolution: We call upon [Green Party Executive Committee] to establish a working group (WG) drawing on expertise in the fields of taxation, social security and any other relevant fields, to calculate a Citizen’s Income at a level that is reasonable and affordable. We [...]

CANADA: Premier might support BIG pilot project in Prince Edward Island

Robert Ghiz, the Premier of Prince Edward Island (PEI), might—or might not—be interested in a BIG pilot project in the provides. He announced in the provincial legislature on March 27 that he is interested in having a pilot project on “the Guaranteed Livable Income” (GLA) in PEI, according to reports from both the Charlottetown Guardian [...]

EUROPEAN UNION: major conference to discuss BIG for the entire European Union

Politicians and major European organisations working in the fields of health, poverty, democracy, education and the environment will discuss the potential benefits of unconditional basic income at the European Economic and Social Committee on Thursday, 10 April 2014. The conference will also mark the launch of a new network, Unconditional Basic Income Europe, which formed [...]

GERMANY: Basic Income proponent Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn returns to the German parliament

[Michael Millar] At the end of January Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn regained a place in the German parliament with the Green Party. He had served as member of parliament from 2008 until 2013, but this year he took over from Priska Hinz, an opponent of Basic Income. A key batttleground is HartzIV, the basic unemployment benefit in [...]

Volunteers needed for BI News

The discussion of BIG is growing and BI News is fighting hard to keep up. We need volunteers to help us keep pace. Primarily we need people with one of two skills. We need writers to help us report the news and we need people with website-design skills to help us improve how we present [...]

UNITED STATES: Former Labor Secretary Endorses BIG, calling it “almost inevitable”

Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of the Labor and now a popular author and commentator, recently endorsed a basic income guarantee (BIG) in response to a question from the floor during a talk about San Francisco State University. His first answer to the question of whether he would support a basic income large enough to [...]