By JONATHAN HAGAN FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES”If you have an emergency, you can’t just call 911,” said a retired Air Force colonel, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It’s an emergency that is really a service to society.
If you need to work, you need a job.”
It’s a common scenario for people seeking work after leaving the military.
The American workforce has shed more than 20 percent of its military personnel over the past two decades, according to the Department of Labor, and military-specific jobs are shrinking, especially in industries that depend heavily on military support.
But for many, military service isn’t always a job.
In some cases, it can be a way to make a living in a precarious and unstable economy.
“I think the military is in an incredibly difficult place right now,” said Michael Smith, an economic historian at Boston College.
“People are feeling the strain of military obligations and the pressure to provide.”
“There’s an urgent need for people in the military to provide a basic income,” Smith said.
“You’re seeing a surge of interest in doing it, and it’s something that is happening.”
A basic income is a payment of $1,500 per month to all US citizens and permanent residents that would be available to all federal workers and federal contractors.
It’s designed to provide security for those who are at risk of losing their jobs.
The idea behind basic income has been around for decades.
But for some, it’s been a difficult and contentious topic, especially since many Americans don’t see the point of it.
A study published last year in the journal Human Nature found that about 30 percent of respondents had a negative view of basic income, compared to only 10 percent of people who support it.
But the debate is not over.
A group of activists and academics from around the country are planning to present a plan for a basic-income program at the U.S. Conference of Mayors next month in Los Angeles.
They are calling it the “Living Wage Act,” after the concept that the $15 minimum wage is a starting point for all people to receive a guaranteed living wage of $15 an hour.
The bill would provide an initial cash payment for up to 100,000 people in a given city, and a larger payout for those working in other areas.
The movement, which was spearheaded by activists and advocates, includes a diverse group of organizers, including Harvard economist Thomas Piketty, economist David Autor, and the economist Adam Hacker, among others.
But what’s being proposed by the group is not a single proposal, but a set of proposals for the federal government.
A spokesperson for the coalition told Newsweek that its goal is to get the basic-wage proposal passed by the Mayors conference in June.
“It’s going to be a process,” said the spokesperson, who requested anonymity because the group isn’t yet registered as a political action committee.
“We have a number of things we want to do.”
It is a complex issue that requires political coordination, the spokesperson said.
Some groups are more focused on funding the first phase of the basic income proposal, while others have more immediate goals.
The basic-pay proposal would be paid for by a payroll tax that would increase over time as the economy recovers from the recession.
That could take several forms, from raising a minimum wage to providing additional benefits to help ease the transition to the economy.
For some, the tax would be more of a means-tested benefit, with an increase for those with disabilities or disabilities that can’t afford to live on their own.
Others argue that it would help ease pressure on families who rely on the military, which makes up about 40 percent of the workforce.
They want to see the tax applied to the entire civilian workforce, which includes military retirees.
While it’s unclear whether basic-payment advocates will win the support of a majority of the Mayor delegates, the movement has the potential to help the U-S-of-A’s struggling economy.
In his book, “The Power of the People,” author Paul Krugman called the basic plan a “game-changer.”
He also pointed to a study from the Brookings Institution that found that if the basic proposal were passed, the economy would expand by about $4.2 trillion.
But that’s just a start.
“That $4 trillion will be worth a lot if it makes a dent in poverty and inequality, but it’s not going to get us there,” Krugman wrote.
“The real work, then, is to create jobs for the workers and create a society where people are working for themselves.”
In a report on Basic Income, the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, estimated that if Congress adopted the proposal, it would generate an additional $1.3 trillion in additional federal revenue over the next 10 years.
The group also projected that the cost of a