Austin approves guaranteed income pilot program

Photo of Austin City Council mid-vote
Austin City Council members approved a contract for administration of the guaranteed income program in an 8-1 vote. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin City Council members approved a contract for administration of the guaranteed income program in an 8-1 vote. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

The May 13 episode digs into Austin’s new guaranteed income pilot program and answers a question from a listener about Project Connect’s relationship to transit beyond the Austin City limits.

Council approves guaranteed income trial that will send monthly checks to Austin families

Austin City Council voted May 5 to authorize a one-year trial run of a program that will provide dozens of local families with monthly checks or $1,000 for a year. Community Impact Newspaper reporter Ben Thompson breaks down the details of the new pilot.

What does Project Connect mean for cities north of Austin?

In response to a listener question, senior editor Brian Rash discusses the possibilities for Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto and other Austin suburbs to expand local transit in tandem with Project Connect.

Also on this episode...

Portions of Austin's East Sixth Street are in line for redevelopment; Austin City Limits Festival announces its most recent economic impact as this year's lineup is released; Pflugerville begins negotiations with Travis County for emergency services; and more.
By Olivia Aldridge

Multi-Platform Journalist

Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas.