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FILE PHOTO: The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Fort Smith

68% of newly unemployed American workers could earn more money from government benefits than they did from their pre-pandemic jobs, research claims

Jobless data showed last week that about 39 million people in total have filed for unemployment in the last nine weeks of the pandemic.
Spain will become the first European country to bring in a basic income scheme.

Spain is about to bring in a basic income scheme which the government thinks will ‘stay forever’

Up to 1 million families would receive a monthly pay-out from Spain's government to support them during the coronavirus pandemic.
Andrew Yang is putting his policy plank of universal basic income into action.

Andrew Yang’s nonprofit will give $500 to 20 New Yorkers every month for 5 years in his first big experiment with universal basic income

The low-income residents will be picked from a town in upstate New York and will likely start getting the funds this fall.
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14 countries that are paying their workers during quarantine — and how they compare to America’s $1,200 stimulus checks

South Korea, Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom: Governments are getting innovative to keep workers employed or paid during the crisis.

Scotland is considering a universal basic income. Here’s why countries are putting cash directly in the hands of workers as the pandemic continu...

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the "time has come" to look at cash handouts to solve the economic consequences of the pandemic.
Future stimulus checks hinge on agreement among lawmakers.

Americans are getting only one stimulus check for now, but Democratic lawmakers are floating plans for more

We don't know how many stimulus checks there will be, but some lawmakers say Americans should be getting recurring cash payments during the crisis.

‘Let Mitch McConnell say no to it’: Rep. Tim Ryan explains his plan to help the working class and give nearly every American over 16 years...

Rep. Tim Ryan, an Ohio moderate, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York progressive, both think Democrats need to be more aggressive.

Democrats finally have a plan that could help us find a coronavirus ‘normal’

The idea to give most American adults $2,000 a month is smart and would help the US get through the economic crash caused by the coronavirus.

House Democrats introduce plan to pay Americans $2,000 a month until economy recovers from COVID-19

The proposal, from Reps. Tim Ryan and Ro Khanna, would provide a monthly stipend to all Americans over 16 who make less than $130,000 a year.

Pope Francis says it might be ‘time to consider a universal basic wage’ in Easter letter

"This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out," The Pope said.