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Guaranteed income

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    Alexander Grey
    A bill in the Oregon Legislature is looking to set up a pilot program that would give $1,000 a month to low or no income Oregonians over a two year period. If passed, it would create the nation’s first statewide guaranteed income program. The proposal has sparked heated debate.
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    CalMatters; iStock
    State and local governments, and some private funders, are launching dozens of pilot projects making direct, monthly payments to low-income residents to help meet basic needs. Researchers will study what happens next. Key question: will this money add to, reform, or supplant current welfare programs?