federal unemployment aid

What’s in the $900B emergency relief bill—and what’s out

BY: and - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON—Congress is set to pass a massive bipartisan emergency relief bill that’s intended to aid Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summaries from House Democratic appropriators say it includes: DIRECT CHECKS —$166 billion in another round of economic impact payments that will go directly to Americans. —$600 stimulus checks for individuals that begin phasing out […]

Tax-swap package now left to Louisiana voters

Legislation approved to stop drops in unemployment benefits

BY: - October 20, 2020

Thanks to new legislation that passed both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature, weekly unemployment benefits for laid-off workers will remain at current rates, and businesses will not be subjected to a tax hike to replenish the state’s depleted unemployment trust fund. Lawmakers approved Senate Concurrent Resolutions 5 and 9, which stop unemployment benefits from decreasing […]

Unemployed workers continue to demand congressional action

BY: - September 7, 2020

Orville Lowery, 69,  a self-described “country boy from Arkansas” is no stranger to protest and activism. In the 1960s, he protested against segregation and Jim Crow laws. In the 70s, he protested the Vietnam War. And today, he says that fight is against the government’s inaction in the face of a pandemic. “I always hated […]

FEMA makes Louisiana one of first states to get unemployment aid

BY: - August 17, 2020

According to an Saturday, Aug. 15 press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor has approved Louisiana to receive its portion of the $44 billion in aid that President Donald Trump has redirected to unemployment assistance. Gaynor has also approved Arizona, Iowa and New Mexico. The president announced four pandemic-related executive […]

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DEBERRY: Did the ‘hardworking Louisianians’ that politicians praise up and decide to become less so?

BY: - August 13, 2020

You’d be hard pressed to find a politician who hasn’t described the people he or she represents as hardworking.  That modifier is such a part of the political lexicon that it’s rarely noticed.  It’s similar in that regard to the way that every governor claims to lead  “the great state of…whatever.” In political speech, everybody […]

Confusion follows President Trump’s executive action on unemployment

BY: - August 11, 2020

Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted. State leaders from both political parties remained unsure how much they’d have to […]

President Trump circumvents Congress with executive actions extending unemployment benefits and halting evictions

BY: and - August 8, 2020

This story has been updated with a response from Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office. President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in […]

Fear of losing unemployment benefits pervades the United States

BY: - July 31, 2020

Congress is continuing to squabble over whether to extend a federal supplement to unemployment insurance and if they do, by how much. But as they argue over whether to continue the supplement at $600 a week or some fraction of that, out-of-work Americans are left to worry whether they can survive on state benefits that […]

Louisiana’s gig workers can still get a fraction of the unemployment help they’d been getting

BY: - July 30, 2020

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program has expired, which means that the federal government has stopped adding $600 to the unemployment benefits provided by the states.  But contrary to what was previously reported in the Illuminator, that does not mean that gig workers in Louisiana, who are ineligible for state benefits, will see their checks […]

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$405 million UI overpaid

Without the $600 added to unemployment checks, I don’t know how my family will survive

BY: - July 28, 2020

By Travis Smith Congress will soon be debating legislation that will determine if families like mine will be able to stay above water. My wife and I are both unemployed and blessed to have been receiving the Pandemic Unemployed Compensation from the CARES Act introduced in March. It has been a tremendous help while we […]