Louisiana legislators look to streamline $275M program for coronavirus business expenses

Louisiana legislators asked Monday if a program meant to help small-business owners with COVID-19-related expenses could be streamlined.

Lawmakers created the Main Street Recovery Grant Program with $275 million allocated through the federal CARES Act. Business owners could apply for the $15,000 grants starting July 28.

About $40 million had been spent as of Friday, said Nancy Keaton with the state treasurer’s office, which is overseeing the program.

“Every day, additional dollars go out,” she said.

Legislators acknowledged the need to try to
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