Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment of Director Julia Dale to replace acting Director Liza Estlund Olson at the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), state Rep. Doug Wozniak of Shelby Township, a member of the House Oversight Committee, today issued the following statement:
“People from Macomb County know all too well how dysfunctional the unemployment agency has been — especially since the start of the pandemic. Slow service and unclear communication have characterized the agency for months, and the prolonged failures have persisted under Director Olson’s leadership. I am hopeful the new director will get better results for working families.
“Director Dale is now the third unemployment director of this administration. First, Director Steve Gray resigned several months into the COVID-19 surge, but his replacement failed to right the ship. When Director Olson came before the House Oversight Committee, she made excuses and shifted blame for the agency’s delays, errors and miscommunication. A change at the top is necessary, but, ultimately, Gov. Whitmer is responsible for the failures of her administration, and she must work with the new director and the Legislature to make the changes needed at the unemployment agency.”
Wozniak’s office has helped many Macomb County residents obtain unemployment benefits. People can call 517-373-0843 or email DouglasWozniak@house.mi.gov for assistance.
“People want assurances government officials are using proceeds from the sale of property seized by the government exactly according to law,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “Corruption or even the appearance of corruption is a stain on our society. Our plan brings greater clarity to the civil asset forfeiture law by refining the process and limitations for its use.”
“Probate Court handles some of the most sensitive cases which cannot be put off for months or even weeks in many cases. While we appreciate the assistance of visiting judges to help with this caseload, we should not be reliant on them.”
“This is a devastating step in the wrong direction for families struggling to make ends meet,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “There is no question this decision is a direct result of Lansing Democrats and their radical new green energy plan. They made false promises that their new policies, which have been abandoned by many left-leaning states and countries, would improve reliability and affordability. Instead, utility companies are already pushing renewable energy expenses onto the consumer before the extreme policies are even implemented.”
Today, the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation offered by State Rep. Doug Wozniak (Shelby Township) to increase the number of judicial positions on the Macomb County Probate Court — a move that is supported by the Macomb County Court, as well as the Michigan Supreme Court. Analysis by the Michigan State Court Administrator Office […]