Switzerland - Basic income rejected in referendum - June 30, 2016

Voters have rejected by a wide margin the proposal to provide a universal basic income grant to all citizens. National projections showed around 78 percent of voters rejected the initiative. Voters had to decide whether the wealthy country should grant all citizens an unconditional basic income (UBI) that supporters say will tackle poverty and inequality. Foreigners who have been legal residents for at least five years would also be eligible for the grant. The amount to be paid was not determined before the vote, but the group behind the initiative has suggested paying 2,300 euro a month to each adult.

English: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/switzerland-referendum-basic-income …

German: http://www.grundeinkommen.ch/das-medienecho-zur-abstimmung/

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