Season 01 Episode 02

S01E02: Universal Basic Income, Covid-19, & ME

President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27, 2020. Contained within the bipartisan legislation was the establishment of direct cash payments for many Americans amounting to $1,200 with an additional $500 for each child. As Congress moves towards bipartisan agreement on a ‘phase 4’ relief package, more direct cash payments have been agreed upon. On the global political landscape, Spain has recently announced that it is moving towards a permanent basic income program to aid workers and families affected by COVID19.  We sat down with philosopher and basic income scholar Dr. Michael Howard to discuss the policy matter of basic income and why basic income matters to Maine.

Dr. Michael Howard’s Webpage: https://umaine.edu/philosophy/faculty-staff/howardm/

Dr. Michael Howard’s Email: mhoward@maine.edu