Coronavirus Stimulus

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  One-on-one: Biden cabinet secretary discusses COVID relief for La.

  ‘Get My Payment’ IRS tool active as first stimulus checks go out

  Stimulus package to help more people afford health insurance; benefits health entities, too

  Restaurant and business owners hope latest stimulus helps

  Many families to receive significant tax breaks per child 17-years-old and younger

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  Advocates say Biden’s child tax credits could lift thousands of Louisiana children out of poverty

  Paycheck Protection Program deadline approaches

  Second round of PPP now available for small businesses

  Democrats work to make a higher minimum wage a reality; Sen. Cassidy says it would cost jobs

  One-on-One with White House Deputy Press Secretary on COVID relief to help Louisianans

  Biden administration says impeachment trial will not impede its COVID relief efforts

  Black business leaders from Louisiana discuss COVID-19 relief needs with VP Harris & Treasury Secretary Yellen

Seven Louisianans took part in the Zoom meeting with the vice president and Treasury secretary.

  Sen. Cassidy among GOP lawmakers pressing Pres. Biden on COVID stimulus plan

Sen. Bill Cassidy says there are areas where Republicans agree with Pres. Biden on new COVID spending.

  Biden warns of growing cost of delay on $1.9T virus aid, stimulus checks plan

Democrats are rejecting a Republican pitch to split President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan into smaller chunks.

  Biden signs orders on food and unemployment aid as talks start on big aid plan

President Joe Biden wants to get assistance flowing while Congress begins to consider a $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Reset on Capitol Hill: A look ahead at the 117th Congress

  Locals are optimistic about the impact federal funds for small businesses will have as a new year begins

Louisianans might still be eligible for the COVID-19 stimulus payment

  LWC says overpayment notices sent to nearly 7,600 unemployed residents was a ‘technical issue’

Louisiana Workforce Commission to extend Lost Wages Assistance to up to 20,000 unemployed residents

  Fewer families to receive food bank help as federal funds near depletion

  200,000 jobless people may not get additional federal aid

Jobless workers anxiously wait for enhanced unemployment benefits as Governor John Bel Edwards says half of them may not get the supplement.

  Local workforce experts say new benefit package needed, though legality is questioned

People who work to assist the unemployed say the need is unprecedented. President Trump signed an order to restore unemployment benefits, but there are many questions.

  La.’s unemployment trust fund running out of money; governor says jobs are available

The latest stimulus package Congress is working on could ease some of the state's fiscal pain.

  Sen. Cassidy outlines what he favors for new stimulus checks & extended jobless benefits amid the pandemic

Sen. Cassidy responded to Pres. Trump's threat to unilaterally halt evictions and impose a tax cut.

  Louisiana seafood industry says adequate federal help is needed as the pandemic persists

The latest COVID-19 aid package proposed by Senate Republicans includes millions for the fisheries.

  Lawmakers continue to debate next stimulus package as federal unemployment benefits expire

The extra money in federal unemployment benefits will stop Friday as many states continue to enforce restrictions and millions of Americans are still out of work.

  Sen. Cassidy discusses Republicans’ new COVID-19 aid package

Sen. Cassidy says the aid package also includes money for schools and businesses.

  Criticism after city rolls out strict, $1M housing assistance program

With every passing day, housing advocates grow more concerned as the rent notices stack up.

What to do when your $600 weekly unemployment check expires

The relief act scheduled the $600 unemployment benefit to end “on or before July 31.”

  Unemployment supplement expires as moratorium on evictions also ends

Landlords can now start the 30 day eviction process as the moratorium on evictions stemming from the federal CARES Act is officially lifted

  Leader of a group advocating for landlords says they aren’t anxious to evict; moratorium on evictions is set to expire

Head of HousingNOLA says government must do more to assist renters and homeowners who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Sharp critiques from housing advocates after suspended rental assistance program

After only four days, the state temporarily suspends the newly-launched rental assistance program. More than 40,000 renters across the state flooded the application, and housing advocates say they knew from the start it wasn't going to be enough.

State funded programs for hazard pay and rental assistance could run out soon

Governor John Bel Edwards says the state could reach its limit on applications by Friday.

  $600 supplement to end in two weeks, unemployed anxious

Many are growing anxious as the extra $600 a week supplement from the federal government sets to expire in two weeks.

How to be financially prepared if additional $600 in weekly unemployment expires July 31

That additional $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits is set to expire on Friday, July 31. So, come August and you’re still out of work, your income may reduce to the maximum weekly state benefit of $247.

  Where the jobs are in Louisiana: La. Workforce Commission & an employment agency provide answers

The La. Workforce Commission is holding a virtual job fair on July 9.

  Laid off workers push for increased jobless benefits in Louisiana, urge Congress to extend federal stipend

The ongoing pandemic has sidelined many workers who say jobless benefits should be increased.

EBT, P-EBT cards will stop working for a few hours this weekend

Louisiana EBT and P-EBT cards will be down for a period of time this weekend.

  Business leaders praise signed spending bill allocating $300M to small business

Phase two is well underway in Jefferson parish, but Chamber of Commerce president Todd Murphy says businesses are still hurting.

Take another look before you share; the BBB warns Facebook users of like-farming scams

The Better Business Bureau reminds Facebook users of a scam method called like-farming that circulated recently in a shared post about winning an RV.

$300M small business aid package diverting federal money from local government headed to Gov. Edwards’ desk

Lawmakers created a new fund for small businesses that have been left out of prior coronavirus aid by diverting $300 million away from local governments in the final minutes of the regular legislative session Monday.

  Small business owners frustrated over loan forgiveness requirements

After a frustrating application process, some small business owners were caught off guard by the latest requirements for PPP loan forgiveness.

  City’s CAO discusses guidelines on the eve of New Orleans allowing more businesses to reopen

A man walks near boarded up businesses in New Orleans during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Sen. Cassidy moving forward with legislation to help state and local governments affected by the coronavirus

Many state and local governments are facing a significant drop in revenues because of the pandemic.

Walmart rewards Louisiana associates with $3.52 million in cash bonuses

Walmart delivers financial support to employees during COVID-19 crisis.

  As the economy ails GNO Inc issues recommendations for safely reopening more businesses

GNO Inc., issues a report on ways to safely reopen businesses in the region.

IRS enhances Get My Payment online tool to help taxpayers

By using Get My Payment now, more people will be able to get payments quickly by being able to add direct deposit info.

IRS issues special alert for VA, SSI recipients who don’t file a tax return

VA, SSI recipients with eligible children need to act by May 5 to add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment

  Multiple organizations seek to help local musicians, artists and gig workers through COVID-19 outbreak

There are many organizations offering to help local musicians during this time.

Congress set to pass $483B virus aid as Trump eyes next deal

President Donald Trump is urging swift passage this week. The Senate approved the bill Tuesday and the House planned a vote on Thursday.

  Music industry workers foresee longer recovery period; assistance available

This time of year would normally mean big business for musicians and others working in the industry. Instead, many are worried about just getting by.

  New Orleans small businesses concerned funding may not come

With no news on a deal from congress, small business owners a hope for future financial assistance.

  Cassidy & Menendez propose SMART Fund to help state and local governments due to COVID-19

Locals reacted to the SMART Fund proposal by Senators Bill Cassidy and Bob Menendez.

Deceased Americans receiving stimulus payments

Reports are surfacing of deceased Americans receiving federal stimulus payments through direct deposit

Dead people receiving $1,200 stimulus checks

While some are still waiting to receive their federal stimulus money, several dead people have already received theirs.

Have unpaid child support? Your stimulus check will likely be impacted

Some who are behind on their child support may notice they won’t get the full amount they could’ve received in federal stimulus money.

IRS launches ‘Get My Payment’ tool for stimulus checks

The "Get My Payment" application allows people to check if they are eligible for the stimulus of up to $1,200 per person, depending on income and filing status.

Self employed? Don’t give up on unemployment benefits

Self employed don’t give up on unemployment benefitsLouisiana is one of only two states providing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. While the process may be frustrating state officials say many self-employed people will get help from pandemic unemployment funds it’s just taking time.

NerdWallet: Mortgage ‘relief’ and ‘refinance’ searches spike during outbreak

Some Americans are eager to save money on their mortgages, and others are afraid of falling behind on their payments.

What you need to know: Stimulus payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income

The Treasury Dept. launched a new tool allowing registration for payments for eligible individuals who do not normally file a tax return

  Financial planner explains criteria to qualify for stimulus check

Many Americans are awaiting the $1,200 stimulus check expected next week, especially the 16 million out of work. Yet, there's criteria to consider and not everyone will qualify.