BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday supplied his checklist of proposals for spending $1.6 billion in fresh federal coronavirus aid heading to Louisiana, prioritizing the unemployment belief fund and infrastructure initiatives.
The Democratic governor already had broadly outlined his priorities for the money, nonetheless without detailing the express quantities he’d adore commended to every class. Lawmakers meeting in a two-month traditional session will hold whether or not they again his solutions or hold a unconditionally diverse manner.
Edwards wishes to earmark $630 million to tackle the command’s bankrupt unemployment belief fund, $400 million to contain up the fund and $230 million to repay federal loans historical to quilt jobless benefits when the fund ran out of cash.
On infrastructure, he’s proposing $400 million for aspect motorway and bridge work, $50 million for ports and $300 million for sewage and water initiatives.
Edwards would adore the remaining dollars sent to tourism marketing efforts: $125 for native convention and visitor bureaus and $20 million to the command Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
The spending solutions released by the governor would quilt the most necessary half of the $3.2 billion Louisiana command authorities is estimated to obtain from the $1.9 trillion aid kit handed by Democrats in Congress earlier this twelve months.