BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to carve out $300 million in federal coronavirus aid to create a small business assistance program. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards had intended to use an $811 million slice of aid from Congress to reimburse local government agencies for their coronavirus expenses. The House voted 73-25 Thursday for legislation that would divvy up that money differently. The legislative plan would steer $511 million to municipal government agency expenses and spend $300 million on grants to small businesses damaged by the virus. The proposal heads to the Senate for review.
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