Lawmakers move Louisiana hazard pay legislation forward  

    Many of Louisiana’s essential workers would be in line for $250 hazard checks in a bill that continued to gain momentum in the Legislature today, The News Star reports.

    Members of the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs moved HB70 by Rep. Sam Jenkins, D-Shreveport, forward without objection.

    Everyone from grocery workers to first-responders and others who continued working during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and who earn $50,000 a year or less would be eligible for the one-time payment.

    “We’re trying to (help) as many workers as possible who had to go out and were at risk,” says Jenkins, who is also chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

    Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, applauded Jenkins for his effort.

    “In a perfect world we’d make these payments huge and give them to everyone, but I know you worked hard to make it (fiscally) manageable and reach the people who need it most,” Carter said during the committee hearing. 

    Jenkins’ bill would fund the payments by carving out $50 million from $1.8 billion the state received from the CARES Act passed by Congress and signed by President Trump. Read the full story.

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