Andrew Yang announces a raffle to give 10 families a $12,000 annual universal basic income at the Democratic debate

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Andrew Yang announces a raffle to give 10 families a $12,000 annual universal basic income at the Democratic debate
  • The 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced Thursday night at the third Democratic debate that he would hold a raffle to give 10 families $1,000 a month for a year.
  • “It’s time to trust ourselves more than our politicians,” Yang said in his opening statement. “My campaign will now give a Freedom Dividend of $12,000 per year to 10 families. This is how we will get our country working for us again, the American people.”
  • The raffle, first reported by Politico, is set to begin online next week and give each family $1,000 a month. The program, which Yang calls the Freedom Dividend, is his flagship campaign proposal, which he wants to roll out to every American adult.
  • Yang, a businessman, is the main candidate in the race sounding the alarm about the effects of automation on the American economy, particularly how it could eliminate jobs in the trucking and retail sectors.
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The 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a businessman who is running on a platform of giving every American adult a universal basic income of $1,000 a month, announced at the third Democratic debate that he would hold a raffle to give 10 families $12,000 over a year.

The raffle, first reported by Politico, is set to begin online next week and give each family $1,000 a month. The universal-basic-income program, which Yang calls the Freedom Dividend, is his flagship campaign proposal.

“It’s time to trust ourselves more than our politicians,” Yang said in his debate opening statement. “My campaign will now give a Freedom Dividend of $12,000 per year to 10 families. This is how we will get our country working for us again, the American people.”

Yang argues that the money would not only help ameliorate economic inequality but would reward unpaid work like childcare and housework, boost innovation by providing entrepreneu

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