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Could Minnesota be among the first states to offer a basic income program?

Minnesota could be one of the first states in the nation to pilot a basic income program, with lawmakers considering a $100 million proposal that would provide up to 10,000 people hundreds of dollars every month.

The idea of a no-strings-attached cash aid has been around for centuries. But researchers and advocates say it has exploded in the U.S. like never before, fueled in part by the success of pandemic-era programs and available federal funds.

Minnesota has already been on the forefront of that cultural shift to give more people free money and let them figure out how to use it.


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