House Republican Leader Matt Hall, of Richland Township, issued the following statement after Michigan’s nonpartisan Office of the Auditor General released another audit of the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s failures during the COVID-19 pandemic, its fourth in a series of five that was initiated in 2020 after Hall and other legislative leaders requested a review:
“The shift of power in state government is no excuse to sacrifice accountability. When the people of Michigan were struggling, the unemployment agency failed jobless workers who really needed help, cut corners, and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars to fraud and mistake.
“As chair of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, I held these failed bureaucrats accountable and worked to fix our unemployment system for the working families who needed it most. This latest nonpartisan audit has only shed a brighter spotlight on the chaotic mess in Gov. Whitmer’s administration.
“Oversight is more crucial now than ever. This is no time for Democrats to let the foot off the gas and let down the people of our state who were harmed by the unemployment agency’s incompetence and who are still at risk. And before there’s any discussion of expanding unemployment benefits, step one must be fixing the system to prevent fraud. Expanding the broken system would let fraudsters steal even more from Michigan taxpayers.”
In August of 2020, Hall and Sens. Aric Nesbitt and Ed McBroom sent a letter to the auditor general requesting a comprehensive review to examine the UIA’s staffing policies, security protocols, processing of claims, and fraud mitigation efforts.
Previous audits in the series estimated that the UIA wasted roughly $3.9 billion in improperly paid benefits and did not respond to known issues in a timely manner. The auditor general also highlighted a poor leadership tone at the agency that contributed to the agency’s issues.
House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, on Wednesday issued the following statement:
“The public outcry from Michiganders across the state has blown up Gov. Whitmer’s attempt to bankroll corporations by raising taxes on people and small businesses.”
House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, welcomes Lynn Chen-Zhang and Charles Zhang to the Michigan State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Hall hosted the Zhangs and other honored guests from Southwest Michigan at the governor’s State of the State address.
House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, on Tuesday issued the following statement:
“Whether wildly wasting tax dollars or angling to axe relief for the people of Michigan, Gov. Whitmer refuses to stand with the hardworking taxpayers in our state.”
Aaron Mitchell, the Otsego city manager, poses with House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, at the Michigan State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 25. At the governor’s State of the State address, Mitchell was one of Hall’s honored guests from Southwest Michigan.