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Louisiana to get $2B in federal virus aid, but with strings

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FILE - This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors about a rare but serious condition in children linked with the coronavirus. In an alert issued Thursday, the CDC called the condition multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. (NIAID-RML via AP, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana expects to receive at least $2 billion in coronavirus aid from the latest relief package passed by Congress, but state officials don’t yet know what strings are attached and how much of the cash could help patch budget holes next year.

“It’s a big mystery right now, how those dollars can be spent,” said Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor’s chief budget adviser.

Data collected by the Legislative Fiscal Office, the Board of Regents and others analyzing the congressional legislation estimate Louisiana’s in line for nearly $1.2 billion for K-12 schools, $308 million for rental assistance, $310 million for the health department and $277 million for higher education. Gov. John Bel Edwards also will have $23 million in discretionary dollars for education.

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Approximately 400,000 unemployed Louisianians to receive $300 federal aid beginning Aug. 26

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BATON ROUGE- Approximately 400,000 eligible unemployed Louisianians will receive $300 weekly from the federal government in virus relief funds beginning Wednesday, the Louisiana Workforce Commission announced Tuesday.

In addition to state benefits, the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) will aid those who may have had their employment disrupted by COVID-19.

The retroactive payments will include the weeks ending Aug. 1, Aug. 8, and Aug. 15, 2020. In order to be eligible, all claimants need to continue filing their weekly certifications.

Additionally, the LWC says 20,000 unemployment insurance claimants could qualify for LWA. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, claimants who qualify will receive an email from the LWC to update their claim information.

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