Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, last week joined a bipartisan appeal by her legislative colleagues in calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to fire state Unemployment Insurance Agency officials, saying the agency’s leaders “have failed Michigan families at a time when competent performance of UIA’s duties was needed most.”
Glenn joined eighteen Republican legislators and one Democrat in signing a June 4th letter urging the governor to make a change as the agency continues to fail thousands of Michigan residents waiting for their unemployment benefits or having problems getting answers about their claims.
Glenn said she has heard from hundreds of unemployed constituents in Bay and Midland counties who are struggling financially because the UIA has failed to do its job.
“UIA officials continue to let down families in Michigan who were laid off because of COVID-19,” Glenn said. “This isn’t acceptable, and it’s time we take immediate action to find a new leadership team from the private sector or government who can competently get people the help they need. We cannot wait any longer.”
In addition to workers being laid off due to COVID-19, Glenn noted recent dam failures have added to financial stress families in Bay and Midland counties.
“These past two and a half months have been difficult for families throughout the entire state,” Glenn said. “And for families here, people are not only struggling financially because of being laid off, but because of devastating flood damage.”
Glenn said she hopes the governor will do the right thing for Michigan families.
“Unemployment agency bureaucrats were obviously unprepared for this crisis and have failed to make the urgent improvements necessary since it began,” Glenn said. “We cannot stand by any longer and hope current UIA officials will finally get their act together, not when we have thousands of families suffering while they’re still waiting to get the unemployment coverage they’ve paid for.”
Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, today was appointed to lead an important panel of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee focused on energy, the Great Lakes and the environment.
Rep. Glenn says she’ll work again this term on legislation to create a State Employee Ombudsman to receive and refer whistleblower complaints from state employees. Similar legislation died in the Michigan Senate last term and Rep. Glenn argues a whistleblower law would have been beneficial in the Flint water crisis.