Louisiana lawmakers approve spending bill, one member says they don’t know what’s in it

The Louisiana Legislature approved a $100 million-plus spending bill Thursday, though at least one member said he didn’t know how some of the money would be spent.

House Bill 39 dedicates $85 million to the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, which has run out of money during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Louisiana Workforce Commission has borrowed at least $11 million from the federal government so far to pay for legally required benefits and expects to borrow about $233 million by the end of next August.

The bill also includes $5 million for tourism promotion, $5 million in aid for local governments, $3 million for the
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