Press column: The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income train
Read Alex and Julian’s column, published in the Christchurch Press:
The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income train
“…it’s one thing to like the idea of a UBI, but it’s another thing to embrace the full tax and welfare overhaul that makes it coherent, and it’s yet another thing to be confident that there’s enough public and political appetite for all those necessary changes. All these things have to fall into place to keep the UBI train on the tracks.
“Even if they do, the UBI train may not reach the promised land. You can’t live on $10,400 a year, so the TOP UBI is more like a halfway house than a basic income. As they acknowledge, we’d still need additional targeted benefits and means-testing for some. That puts the promised benefits of a UBI in a more modest light. We won’t be getting rid of all the bureaucrats just yet.”