Capitol Access

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a GOP backed bill that would funnel $300 million of coronavirus relief money to Louisiana small businesses through the new Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program. 

The state received $1.8 billion through the federal CARES Act. Lawmakers and Edwards agreed to use about $1 billion to balance the state operating budgets for this year and next. Edwards wanted to send the rest to local governments, but the legislature voted overwhelmingly for this grant program.

Governor John Bel Edwards is approaching the final deadline to sign or veto legislation passed in the regular session that ended last Monday and he’s got a stack of controversial bills waiting on his desk.  

Among them is the tort reform bill prized by Republicans and opposed by Edwards.

Another would direct $300 million of federal COVID-19 relief money away from local governments and into a small business grant program.

And third would mandate strict criminal sentences for anyone protesting on critical infrastructures sites, like levees and pipelines.