South Louisiana, Williams, Congress discussed on Morning Edition


But Congress has not approved extra funding, and some states say they can't pay either. Here's Paul Braun of member station W. O RK F in Baton Rouge. The memorandum President Trump issued on Saturday promised a weekly payment of $400. But to qualify states have to pay $100 of that. Very few have enough money on hand to meet that requirement. Take, for example, Louisiana where government John Bell, Edwards says the state's unemployment trust fund is running low and cares act money is already spoken for the state benefits unemployed workers are already receiving can count toward that $100. But Edward says that would mean nearly half of the state's unemployed workers aren't getting enough to meet the requirement. One of the challenges that we have is that I believe That they're about to over 200,000 workers who are getting a benefit but less than $100 a week. Many of those are gig workers or self employed, okay, and that kind of volume. I am a musician and the entitlement that was awarded to me $16 a week. Williams has been a professional electric bass player in New Orleans for 30 years. He qualified for the $600 pandemic employment benefits that expired July 31st. But his low state unemployment benefit means it's unlikely that he will receive any additional assistance unless Congress passes another relief. Bill. John Mueller is executive director of the Louisiana Budget Project, an organization that advocates for low and moderate income families. He says Williams is not alone. The people who were working in restaurants making existing on tips, maybe working and the gig economy who really have had no way to make a living since the tourist industry that drove so much of South Louisiana's economy collapsed. Are not going to get anything from this. Williams says He has someone who's contributed to Louisiana's culture and economy for decades, just once a fair shake for.

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