Guaranteed Basic Income

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last posted Jan. 7, 2014, 4:41 p.m.

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Conservative economist Milton Friedman endorsed the idea of a basic guaranteed income in the form of a negative income tax.

You should watch the video, but to sum up: under this scheme, you set a "floor" below which people receive supplements to their income, either on their paychecks (if working) or directly (if unemployed). You also set a rate to apply to the difference between earned income and the floor, which supplies the amount of the supplement.

For example if your "floor" is $40,000 annually and your rate is 50%, then a person earning $20,000/year would also receive 50% of the difference in supplemental cash, in this case $10,000 over the course of a year.

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