The establishment of a universal revenue is the main topic of this first debate between the candidates for the primary election of the left wing. Benoît Hamon defends it while Arnaud Montebourg is completely against it. Manuel Valls, on the other hand, has a more measured position on the topic.
This Thursday, the candidate have expressed their opinions on a base revenue, with talks that shed light on their positions and disagreements on the subject. Benoit Hamon, the main defender of the idea, has detailed his plan to make it a reality, while Peillon explained his opposition: “It costs 400 billion Euros year, who’s going to pay that?”, he threw out. “And from a philosophical point of view, there are some real problems with it, especially the idea of solidarity”. Manuel Valls does not have as strong of an opinion on the subject.
The base revenue consists of ensuring that every citizen gets, for their entire life, a minimum revenue of 465 to 1000€, depending on the different projects, a month, to which any revenue is added. This revenue would be paid independently of the financial situation, as opposed to the current system of welfare.
Benoit Hamon: PRO
The deputy of Yvelines justifies the establishment of the base revenue with “the scarcity of work caused by the digital revolution”. According to him, the base revenue is a structural answer to the lack of work. being president won’t make it possible to
The project: He defends a base revenue of 600 Euros but he admits that just being president won’t be enough to convince everyone.
He estimates the cost at 300 billion Euros per year. To pay for the measure, the candidate plans to create a tax on robots.o the establishment of the
Multiple steps will be necessary to establish of this radical fiscal change. Firstly, the candidate will change the revenue to 600 Euros (it’s 535 Euros right now) and will make the payment automatic. The 18 to 25-year-olds will be favored to make their start in the working world easier.
The project: The candidate wants to progressively create, during one or two terms, a base revenue of 800 Euros a month.
How: He wants to fuse “hundreds of different existing apparatuses” into one.