Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, today expressed shock that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-Michigan, vetoed $220 million from a COVID-19 relief bill that would have extended unemployment benefits – a decision Glenn said “would make Ebenezer Scrooge proud, hurting families and small business owners at a time of critical need.”
“Gov. Whitmer’s decision to veto desperately needed unemployment benefits at Christmas – which passed the state House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support – adds insult to the injury she’s already caused tens of thousands of Michigan families who are out of work as a direct result of her economic shutdown orders,” Glenn said. “Sadly, the governor has proven herself deaf to the cries of families asking what they can do to safely return to work, and now, at Christmas, she’s cut off the help they need to put food on their tables and heat their homes, a cold-hearted decision that will come back to haunt her.”
Glenn said the $220 million Whitmer line item vetoed from Senate Bill 748 would have worked in conjunction with Senate Bill 604 to extend unemployment benefits up to 26 weeks for Michiganders who are out of work due to the pandemic – essentially serving as a funding mechanism for the extensions. The Legislature’s bipartisan proposal held businesses harmless for fees they would otherwise be required to pay to the Unemployment Trust Fund, as many small business owners across Michigan have struggled to generate income since COVID-19 cases began surging in the spring and aggressive executive orders were issued in respons
“Everyday people already suffering from disease and disasters should never be used as pawns in Lansing political games,” Glenn said. “Families in Bay and Midland counties deserve better, and I will do everything I can moving forward to advocate on their behalf and urge Gov. Whitmer, like Ebenezer Scrooge, to have a change of heart.”
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.
Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, today said the reported possible indictment of former Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Michigan, “makes all the more clear why Michigan should immediately take action to give state government whistleblowers legal protection from retaliation, regardless of which party holds the governor’s office.”
Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, this week presented special legislative tributes to Meridian Public Schools Superintendent Craig Carmoney and to the Midland Rotary Club – honoring significant achievements within the community.