BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — Thursday a small group rallied outside the offices of both Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy in Baton Rouge in an effort to push lawmakers to continue the unemployment supplement.
The clock is ticking for thousands of unemployed workers in Louisiana who could possibly lose their $600.00 benefit.
Agustine Gallegoes says he is five months behind on rent. His job feel into limbo because of the Coronavirus pandemic. “It impacts me because I can’t make my rent. I had a conversation with my landlord this morning and he wants me out and I can’t afford to leave,” said Gallegoes.
A local business owner says that the $600.00 additional payment is an incentive for Americans to stay home, instead of going to work.
“You have to look at both sides of this. On one end almost every restaurant in Baton Rouge has a help wanted sign in the window. Why can’t they find workers? Everyone of them will tell you it is because they are making more on unemployment than we can pay them.”
Meanwhile, the progrsm is set to soon expir unless lawmakers react, leaving Gallegos and others with fewer options to make ends meet.
Unemployed workers have been receiving an extra $600.00 weekly payment under the CARES Act, which congress passed in late March to help keep the economy afloat.