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Andrew Yang addresses a crowd of about 75 at Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Co. in Ossipee in June. The event was coordinated by the Greater Ossipee Democrats. (ROB WATERMAN PHOTO)

CONWAY — Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is planning to be in Conway for an event on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Tuckerman Brewing Co. at 66 Hobbs St.

To RSVP, people should go to mobilize.us/nhforyang/event/141573.

Yang also plans to join the growing list of candidates to campaign in Berlin with a meet-and-greet Thursday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar.

To RSVP for Thursday’s event in Berlin, go to mobilize.us/nhforyang/event/142384.

Yang is perhaps best-known for his “Freedom Dividend” guaranteeing $1,000 a month to every American adult over 18.

Yang argues that one out of every three American workers is in danger of losing their job to new technology over the next 12 years because of new technologies.

The Freedom Dividend would provide a universal basic income and would be paid by a 10 percent tax on the production of goods and services.

Yang explains the need for Universal Basic Income on his website.

“By 2015, automation had already destroyed 4 million manufacturing jobs, and the smartest people in the world now predict that a third of all working Americans will lose their job to automation in the next 12 years,” according to yang2020.com.

“Our current policies are not equipped to handle this crisis. Even our most forward-thinking politicians are unprepared.”

Yang said the Freedom Dividend would be paid for out of consolidating some welfare programs; instituting a value-added tax (tax on the goods and services a business produces; including new revenue from growth in the economy; and adding in savings on such things as the cost of health care, incarcerating prisoners and homeless services because people would be better able to take care of themselves.

Yang, 44, is a New York City-based entrepreneur, author and father of two. Born to immigrants from Taiwan, Yang grew up in New York and attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from Columbia Law School.

After a brief period as a lawyer, he launched a dot.com and worked at a series of start-up companies.

Yang worked at a test preparation company, Manhattan Prep before leaving and founding Venture For America, a non-profit that creates jobs in struggling areas.

Yang campaigned in Ossipee at Hobbs Tavern on June 14.

He was last in Conway on March 21, when he took part in an editorial board at The Conway Daily Sun.

Yang also had been slated to appear on March 22 at the Eastern Depot Restaurant in Berlin but bad weather canceled the breakfast appearance.

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