State Rep. Matt Hall, of Marshall, today issued the following statement after receiving a document regarding a canceled state contract for managing data related to Michigan’s COVID-19 contact tracing project. The entity which had been awarded the state contract was found to be an arm of a Democratic campaign data management platform:
“The governor’s account of the contract in question does raise concerns, and I am monitoring it as more information becomes available. The Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic was formed to look into the decision-making and preparedness of this administration and state departments during the ongoing public health emergency and this situation is something that could fall under that umbrella. The committee will look into the evidence submitted today.
“Transparency and accountability within state government is pivotal. Many people across the state have raised concerns about the conflict of interest regarding this contract and new information that has come to light only underscores those concerns. Our job as legislators is to speak on behalf of those concerns. My colleagues and I will continue to stay in tune with any developments regarding this situation going forward.”