Louisiana front line workers closer to getting $250 hazard pay

WWL Newsroom
June 27, 2020 - 11:36 am
Grocery worker

Legislation that would provide grocery store workers, bus drivers, law enforcement personnel, and healthcare workers with $250 is nearing final legislative passage. Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau says these individuals put their health at risk by showing up to work during the first few weeks of the pandemic.

“The people that went out there to our grocery stores, came and picked up our trash, the people who exposed themselves, that’s what this is about,” said Luneau.

The legislation needs House approval on Senate changes before it heads to the governor’s desk. It passed out of the Senate on a 38-0 vote. Monroe Senator Jay Morris says federal coronavirus relief dollars will pay for the tax credit.

“I encourage the vote for this for the average working citizen of our state,” said Morris.

Front line or essential workers will be eligible for this 250-dollar check if they make less than 50-thousand dollars a year. New Orleans Senator Troy Carter wishes they could do more.

“This is not nearly enough money to touch the people who continue to provide services to all of us,” said Carter.

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