Bill looks to create guaranteed income program in Minnesota


A Minnesota House committee advanced a new bill that would establish a guaranteed monthly income statewide.

The bill, moving through the state house, would grant Minnesotans who meet low-income requirements at least $500 each month for more than a year. In the current text of the bill, to be eligible you must be at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

St. Paul tested the concept for more than a year, giving 150 residents $500 a month. Minneapolis is currently testing the concept; their pilot will end in June.

DFL Representative Athena Hollins from St. Paul authored the statewide bill. She joined MPR News host Cathy Wurzer to talk about the legislation.

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