What if COVID-19 checks were a regular occurrence?

"You just get a much bigger fiscal bang for the buck," says Mark Blyth, the economics professor and author of "Angrynomics."
"We're managing to do it right now in the COVID pandemic. We send people checks," Blyth says. "Imagine if those checks were endowment checks."
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COVID-19 relief: Direct checks and a 90-day tax extension

Mar 17, 2020
"Americans need cash now," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says at a press conference.
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California city experiments with guaranteed income of $500 per month

Nov 4, 2019
Supporters of the pilot program say it's a step toward economic equality.
Jovan Bravo, 31, is one of 125 residents of Stockton, CA receiving a $500 monthly stipend from a pilot project testing the concept of universal basic income.
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Why economist Joseph Stiglitz is advocating for "progressive capitalism"

May 30, 2019
Stiglitz discusses the themes and recommendations contained in his latest book: People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent.
Nobel prize-winning US economist Joseph Stiglitz listens during the opening session of the 6th edition of the "Entretiens du Tresor" seminar at the Economy Ministry in Paris on January 31, 2017.
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A California city is planning on giving money to some residents, no strings attached

Feb 27, 2018
The economically depressed city of Stockton, California is experimenting with Universal Basic Income.
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In Oakland, people worry that good jobs are out of reach

Dec 7, 2016
Working-class residents aren't sharing as the tech boom spreads to Oakland.
A mural on the wall of a public high school in West Oakland conveys the message "Knowledge is Power."
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Universal basic income could become reality

Dec 5, 2016
All citizens would get a set amount of money.
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