On Saturday, President Trump ordered Governors to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to set up a “Lost Wages Assistance Program” to distribute supplement payments of up to $400 to the 30 million who are unemployed. The FEMA Disaster Relief Fund would contribute up to $44 Billion. Louisiana would have been responsible for payment of $100 of the $400 supplemental payment but has been granted an exemption to count amounts already paid in weekly unemployment towards the $100 per week obligation.
Until July 31, 2020, The Cares Act provided a $600 per weekly federal supplement to anyone qualified for $1 dollar of Louisiana Unemployment Benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Benefits. Louisiana has an unemployment rate of 9.7%.
The $600 payment ended because The US House and Senate could not agree on an extension. Both believe an extension is necessary. The Senate wanted a $200 per week supplement and the US House, a $600 a week supplement. The President split the difference and signed an executive order for a $400 per week payment and required States to pay $100 of the $400 weekly amount.
Louisiana has opted to pay $300 per week supplement to those who receive at least $100 in unemployment benefits. The US Department of Labor clarified States may count amounts currently paid to unemployment insurance beneficiaries towards the Sate’s $100 per week obligation.
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