December 2, 2022
  • December 2, 2022

What we can learn from Basic Income pilot programs

By on February 28, 2022 0

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul recently launched guaranteed income pilot programs that provide monthly payments to low-income families.

Programs like these are gaining momentum across the country. At least 30 other cities have similar pilot programs, and advocates say they can be a way to address poverty and economic inequality in the United States.

MPR News host Angela Davis talks to two experts on basic income programs and what they hope to learn from pilot programs like the Twin Cities.

Additionally, MPR News Senior Economics Contributor Chris Farrell joins Davis to discuss the economic impacts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


  • Ryan Nunn is the assistant vice president for applied research in community development and engagement at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

  • Amy Castro is an assistant professor of social policy and practice and co-founder and director of the Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Andrea Coleman is a resident of St. Paul and a participant in the St. Paul People’s Prosperity Pilot Project.

  • Kasey Wiedrich is the financial capacity manager with the City of St. Paul Financial Empowerment Office. She manages the St. Paul People’s Prosperity pilot program.

Use the audio player above to listen to the conversation.

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