Modeled on President Richard Nixon’s GAI proposal, Congress today passed a guaranteed basic income law. The Freedom Of Ordinary Life Act provides a negative income tax support similar to the EITC but without the work requirement and with benefit levels that correspond to that required to meet basic needs. It is expected that a Heritage supported challenge to the Act will be unsuccessful in the face of a mostly supportive federal bench. The Act actually was inspired by the rising inequality and the need to address that inequality through non-market forces, for as President Kennedy stated “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
The Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law at American University Washington College of Law is hosting a conference on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 on “Poverty in the New Gilded Age: Inequality In America” in Washington, D.C. There is a great list of presenters coming to the conference so it should be a good symposium: 2014 JGSPL Detailed Symposium Agenda!
[Explanation of Site Changes: I added a sidebar RSS feed from the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity because they seem to keep it updated with media coverage of poverty that I thought people might be interested in. I also used the addition of another sidebar as an excuse to change the top photo -- this is a photo I took of the front of a house in New Orleans post-Katrina.]
Infographic: “How Poverty Burdens the Brain“
-Thanks to Claire Quiney for the heads up!
The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research produced a podcast discussion on Native American Poverty, featuring Lisa Pruitt (Davis) and your blog editor.