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Why A Universal Basic Income Could Matter Even More During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang waves to the crowd during the 100 Club Dinner at SNHIU in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang waves to the crowd during the 100 Club Dinner at SNHIU in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Although former tech executive Andrew Yang  dropped out of the presidential race in February, the ideas that captured his supporters’ imaginations seem more relevant now than ever.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration said it planned to work with Congress to pass an aid bill that would see checks worth thousands of dollars mailed to Americans.

This idea mirrors Yang’s signature proposal: the Freedom Dividend, through which the government would send $1,000 a month to every American.

Yang told us in May that a universal basic income (UBI) might help address everything from climate change to job loss due to automation.

The aid package has added one more thing to Yang’s already long to-do list.

He’s been contributing to CNN’s political coverage, and his team has also reportedly been in touch with the Trump administration, offering guidance on the ins and outs of UBI.

What does Yang think of the current plan for aid in the time of coronavirus?

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