GOP pushes $300M in virus aid for Louisiana business grants
Republican lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to carve out $300 million in federal coronavirus aid to create a small business assistance program.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards had intended to use an $811 million slice of aid from Congress to reimburse local government agencies for their coronavirus expenses.
The House voted 73-25 Thursday for legislation that would divvy up that money differently.
The legislative plan would steer $511 million to municipal government agency expenses and spend $300 million on grants to small businesses damaged by the virus.
The proposal heads to the Senate for review.