Here’s why New Orleans is getting twice as much stimulus money as Baton Rouge

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East Baton Rouge Parish’s city-parish government is in line for Louisiana’s second-largest allocation of COVID-19 stimulus money earmarked for local governments, an estimated $167.2 million.

But even with that large influx of federal cash projected to come to the capital city, Baton Rouge’s city-parish government is estimated to receive less than half that of its southern neighbor in New Orleans, even though East Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s largest parish, stimulus estimates show.

Orleans Parish is in line to receive an estimated $377.3 million, although its population of about 390,150 people is 11% smaller than East Baton Rouge’s, the latest census and stimulus estimates show.

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