New Infographic: “The Rise of Suburban Poverty.” (Note: I get many requests to post infographics and this one I am posting mainly because the host page, , does seem to have interesting links. But I am nervous about such infographic post requests — I suspect many are either class assignments which is okay, or efforts to drive up page views but not for their own sake — and not going to post many.)
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!