“A wave of experimentation in the way that U.S. cities, counties, and states support households with low incomes is sweeping the country, and Minneapolis is at the leading edge. While the backbone of America’s safety net—public health insurance, food benefits, and cash or social insurance for specific groups—remains in place, over 100 localities are testing what happens when low-income people are simply provided with income, no strings attached. Minneapolis’ guaranteed basic income (GBI) pilot program, initiated by city officials in 2021, uses federal pandemic support funds to give $500 a month to 200 low-income households for two years. One year in, GBI is creating measurable improvements in people’s lives.”

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