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69 University of Detroit Mercy Law Review 353 (1992)


This article provides an overview of income support programs in the United States. The article first examines proposals for a guaranteed income. This initial examination consists of four separate sections. It begins with a summary of negative income tax plans. Second, it discusses legislation introduced in the United States Congress. Third, current guaranteed income proposals are examined. Finally, it concludes with a brief examination of social experiments conducted in several communities. Because no proposal for a comprehensive guaranteed income program has been adopted, this article next discusses the income maintenance programs including a short description and selected statistical information.