Basic Income Worldwide: Horizons of Reform by Matthew C. Murray, M. Murray, C. Pateman

By Matthew C. Murray, M. Murray, C. Pateman

In the course of starting to be feedback of present financial orthodoxies and welfare structures, uncomplicated source of revenue is turning out to be in attractiveness. this can be the 1st e-book to debate present at examples of easy source of revenue, in either wealthy and negative nations, and to contemplate its clients somewhere else around the globe.

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S. 5 In 1969, the guaranteed income received perhaps the most surprising endorsement of all – from President Richard M. Nixon. 3 From the family assistance plan to temporary assistance for needy families In 1969, Nixon proposed his Family Assistance Plan (FAP), calling it “the most significant piece of social legislation in our nation’s history” (Moynihan, 1973). It was structured like an NIT, but it was watered-down with eligibility limits and work requirements in hopes of increasing its political appeal.

1 History of the BIG coalition and reasons for the pilot project2 Following the independence of Namibia in 1990, the country’s tax system had not undergone a comprehensive revision. In 2001 the Namibian government appointed a tax commission (NAMTAX) to review the entire tax system, make the necessary international and regional comparisons, address redistribution and determine the structural changes needed (Namtax Commission, 2002, 8–9). NAMTAX found that, firstly, Namibia is characterized by extreme disparities in income, as shown by the highest measured Gini coefficient in the world; secondly, Namibia has a very serious problem of poverty (Namtax Commission, 2002).

The plan would have abolished several conditional welfare programmes and replaced them with a single, nationally standardized cash payment – about $3,800 a year for a family of four – for those qualifying. Although the programme retained some of the elements of an NIT, its more restrictive qualifications made it less of an income guarantee. Liberals generally felt the benefits were inadequate. Conservatives were horrified at the $20 billion in extra costs. The plan died without being debated by either house of Congress.

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