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St. Paul uses CARES Act money for mayor's guaranteed income program for struggling families
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The City Council of St. Paul, Minn., voted to launch an experimental $1.5 million guaranteed income program for low-income families Wednesday after Mayor Melvin Carter signed onto the group Mayors for a Guaranteed Income.
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The program will divert $300,000 in CARES Act funding to give 150 families payments of $500 a month, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported. The rest of the 18-month program will be funded by philanthropy, the mayor said, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
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"More than ever before, this economic crisis has pushed families into crisis, struggling to maintain basic necessities for their children," Carter, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter on Sept. 4. "Our People's Prosperity Guaranteed Income Pilot Program will support our most vulnerable families while helping build the case for permanent guaranteed income programs at state and federal levels."