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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza at Spaziano Elementary School in Providence on Sept. 13, 2020. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza at Spaziano Elementary School in Providence on Sept. 13, 2020. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island says he plans to start a "guaranteed income" pilot program in the next year.

Jorge Elorza says the program would give direct cash payments to some Providence residents, but exact details on how much — or how many people — have not been released.

The program is separate from the executive order Elorza signed promising a reparations process to improve equity for residents of color.

Elorza joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes to talk about how the pilot would work.

This segment aired on September 18, 2020.

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Bob Oakes is a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.

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