COLUMN: Giving a voice to the people as UIA, governor fail to listen

By state Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency continues to struggle while people throughout the state wait for their unemployment claims to be fulfilled. A fulfilled claim may equate to a bill paid or groceries for another two weeks, as people go through unprecedented financial hardship following executive orders from the governor…

Rep. Farrington hails Return to Learn plan for localized approach, emphasis on student safety

$1.3 billion plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, today applauded a newly unveiled plan that helps ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes this fall. The joint House-Senate proposal was announced this morning during a press conference at the Capitol. It requires school districts and health…

Michigan residents fed up as state’s unemployment system struggles to keep up

By state Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted lives and livelihoods across Michigan. ‘Stay home’ orders and directives defining essential businesses have caused more than 20 percent of Michigan’s workforce to be unemployed, according to a recent report from the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Inevitably, that has led to…

COLUMN: With livelihoods in metro Detroit uprooted, support must be solid

By state Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica The COVID-19 pandemic is something that none of us have seen in our lifetime. The personal pain of loved ones that have caught the virus and those that have passed away due to it will leave a scar in our hearts and memories until it’s our turn to…

Rep. Farrington green lights additional emergency declaration

Legislature approves extended emergency status through end of April State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, today announced her support for a resolution extending Michigan’s coronavirus-forced state of emergency – along with the governor’s related powers – through the end of April. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had originally requested the powers run through mid-June – a timeline…

COLUMN: Mobilizing against coronavirus on behalf of Macomb County

By state Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica These are unprecedented times in Macomb County. We have seen cases of coronavirus rise steadily in recent days as more testing continues to occur. It is likely that as the number of administered tests rises, so will reported positives. Southeast Michigan, including Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, has…

Rep. Farrington champions plan to protect survivors of violence, abuse

Proposal would establish Address Confidentiality Program in Michigan State Rep. Diana Farrington’s plan – part of a bipartisan, bicameral proposal to strengthen protections for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Michigan – was recently approved by the House with unanimous bipartisan support. Farrington, of Utica, said the proposal would allow survivors to keep…

LETTER: Protecting Southeast Michigan from future contaminations like green ooze

The letter to the editor below was published in the Macomb Daily on Feb. 25, 2020: Dear Editor, In late December, Michigan got a wakeup call when bright green liquid, which we have come to know as ‘green ooze,’ was discovered on the shoulder of I-696. Testing confirmed the substance was groundwater contaminated with hazardous…

Rep. Farrington leads compromise to provide RTA with needed flexibility

Plan allows counties to opt out of transit service areas State Rep. Diana Farrington today introduced a solution to ensure residents of the four counties that make up the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan are not forced to pay for services they do not receive. Farrington, of Utica, said her plan allows smaller service…