BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The state has seen some heavy hits due to covid-19 and the house will have a lot to discuss later today about unemployment benefits.

Three bills will be discussed in the House as it relates to the unemployment trust fund and how bankrupt it really is.

The trust fund was drained after the pandemic left nearly 350,000 Louisianans jobless.

The fund’s balance has fallen from $1.1 billion to about $85 million since March.

Governor John Bel Edwards has suggested taking money from a small business grant program as a way to refill the state fund that provides unemployment checks which is operated by State Treasurer John Schroder, but has stated he doesn’t think legislators would let that happen…

More than 100,000 Louisianans are still collecting benefits today.

Louisiana’s current maximum weekly unemployment benefit of $247, which is one of the three lowest in the country.

Monday the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee will discuss House Bill 34, by Rep. Mandie Landry, which deals with worker misclassification; House Bill 88, by Rep. Royce Duplessis, which seeks to increase the state’s weekly unemployment benefits by $100; and House Bill 93, by Rep. Matthew Willard, which would establish a work-share program in Louisiana.

Before the meeting unemployed workers, labor unions, and advocates will hold a rally on steps of the Capitol at 9:30 a.m. to support three bills then join the House meeting at 11 a.m.