Right to a Job and Basic Needs

The "Second Bill of Rights" is not a radical proposal. Utilize our wide-ranging library of resources help you learn more about why.​

Video / Audio

Check out our collection of videos and podcast episodes focused on the our right to employment and basic human needs.

Is a Universal Basic Income better than a Federal Job Guarantee?

Dr. Pavlina Tcherneva describes how a FJG removes the threat of unemployment by offering a living wage with decent benefits in the public sector.

Podcast Ep. 13 - Public Money & The Right to a Job with Raul Carrillo

Steve Grumbine’s guest is Raul Carrillo of the New Economy Project and Modern Money Network. As an anti-poverty & economic justice attorney he has a unique perspective on the monetary system.

Jobs, Money, Debt: Economic Common Sense with Mat Forstater

In this 5th installment of #MMTMondays, Mathew Forstater presents a series of short economic insights about money, debt, unemployment and the negative costs to society.

Academic Publications

A collection of peer-reviewed white papers and working papers from our friends in the MMT academic community.

Full Employment: The Road Not Taken

This paper focuses on why the private sector ordinarily fails to produce full employment, even during strong expansions and in the presence of strong government action. It articulates the reasons why it makes sense for the government to become the employer of last resort.

The Job Guarantee and Cultural Equity: Gatekeeping and Popularization

Find out why UBI isn't enough to support the idea of creative jobs and why a Federal Job Guarantee is the way to go.

White Paper: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)

The purpose of this white paper is to publicly present the fundamentals of MMT. It is a work in progress.

H.R.3448 - Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019

A 2019 House bill to forgive outstanding Federal and private student loans.

H.R.4278 - Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2019

House Bill to require the Secretary of Labor to establish a pilot program to provide grants for job guarantee programs.

S.2746 - Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2018

This Senate bill requires the Department of Labor to establish a pilot program to provide grants to eligible entities (i.e., political subdivisions of states and Tribal entities with a high unemployment rate) for programs to guarantee employment to individuals residing in the areas served by such entities.

Policy Resources

Links to progressive bills and proposals currently making their way through the United States Congress

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