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    Mass. Bill Would Test Idea of Universal Basic Income
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    A bill under consideration at the Massachusetts Statehouse is aimed at testing the idea of a universal basic income.

    The long-shot bill would create a pilot program that would include 100 residents in each of three economically diverse cities or towns. At least one of the communities would be located in a rural part of the state.

    Everyone participating in the program would receive $1,000 a month for three years and agree to participate in a study.

    After the three years are complete, the bill calls on the Department of Housing and Community Development to submit a report looking at the effects of the program, including whether a universal basic income could be used to address historic inequalities, including institutional racism.

    A similar pilot program is under way in Stockton, California.

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