Various proposals for a universal basic income have been discussed in different countries, usually supported by the Left. For example, in 2016, voters in Switzerland rejected a proposal to enact a basic income by about 78%. Finland began a pilot program in 2017 to study enacting a basic income, but it ended the program a year later. Ontario's newly-elected conservative government also rejected a basic income pilot program in July 2018.
According to the France-based Public Services International and the Britain-based New Economics Foundation – left-of-center organizations – universal basic income does not work well in practice.
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