Problems with Michigan’s unemployment system can’t be ignored

The sheer number of people who have reached out to my office in desperation to get help with the unemployment system has been astonishing. To give you an idea, on one day this week alone, the constituent relations coordinator in my office made about 80 follow-up phone calls to help people with unemployment claims. That’s…

Rep. Filler: Car insurance savings will be greater than expected

State department, insurance industry accelerating toward July 1 rollout State Rep. Graham Filler, of DeWitt, today announced the first wave of rates approved by state regulators under terms of Michigan’s new no-fault car insurance law indicate substantial savings are in store for drivers. “The highly anticipated July 1 rollout of our new car insurance system…

COLUMN: We must work together to help our communities safely recover from COVID-19

By State Reps. Graham Filler, of DeWitt, and Ben Frederick, of Owosso A month into Michigan’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, we’ve both heard hundreds of heart-wrenching stories from people in our communities who are struggling.   There’s no doubt everyone is worried about their loved ones and the possibility of them contracting the virus. We both…

Time for governor to shift focus from what’s ‘essential’ to what’s ‘safe’

As most of us were expecting, the governor last week extended her stay-at-home order through the end of April. This was a prime opportunity for her to clear up some of the lingering questions and inconsistencies with her executive orders that have left people throughout Michigan frustrated and confused. Unfortunately, she missed the mark and…

Rep. Filler: Governor wrong to put more restrictions on struggling families, job providers

Common-sense adjustments needed so people can return to work safely State Rep. Graham Filler today said the governor moved in the wrong direction when she put even more restrictions on Michigan workers while extending her stay-at-home order through April 30. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered that stores no longer sell what she considers non-essential items and…

Rep. Filler demands more COVID-19 transparency from Whitmer administration

State Rep. Graham Filler, of DeWitt, is urging the governor’s administration for more data pertaining to the coronavirus situation in Michigan hospitals. Officials from Beaumont Health, one of the state’s largest health systems, recently announced significant issues within its facilities resulting from a lack of communication about bed availability at nearby hospitals. Filler said the…

Rep. Filler supports measure to extend state of emergency until May 1

Governor’s emergency powers should not extend to mid-June unless necessary State Rep. Graham Filler today joined his colleagues in extending Michigan’s state of emergency designation related to the coronavirus pandemic until May 1. Filler, of DeWitt, said he favored the plan over the 70-day extension proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which would have extended her…

Rep. Filler calls on governor to allow Michigan golf courses to operate

Golfers, course employees can easily follow social distancing guidelines State Rep. Graham Filler today called on the governor to allow Michigan golf courses to operate while her stay-at-home order is in place. Filler, of DeWitt, sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking her to allow courses to reopen if they agree to follow social…

Rep. Filler announces bipartisan plan to address education as COVID-19 outbreak continues

Plan waives school days, ensures workers are fully compensated Rep. Graham Filler today announced the Legislature has reached a bipartisan agreement with the governor to put students on the best path to success as school buildings remain closed to protect Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19. The agreement closes all public and private school…