House Oversight Chairman Steve Johnson announced that he plans to launch an in-depth investigation into the Unemployment Insurance Agency. In light of multiple reports of significant issues at the Unemployment Agency, Chairman Johnson is demanding accountability which starts with legislative hearings and an investigation.
“The Unemployment Agency has been a complete mess. From all the fraudulent activity occurring within the Agency to their latest letter to nearly 700,000 Michiganders potentially demanding they pay funds back, the UIA is a disaster and there needs to be leadership changes now”, said Johnson. “How about before asking people to pay funds back due to the state’s mistake, they ask former director Steve Gray to pay back his $86,000 hush fund payment.”
The House Oversight Committee will be conducting hearings on the pattern of mismanagement, incompetence, and outright fraud within the Unemployment Agency. Officials from the UIA have previously appeared before the Oversight Committee, most notably in March of 2021 when the acting director was unable to provide a clear picture of how the agency was handling the rise in claims, and admitted that it had been over a month since her last meeting with the Governor.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today heard testimony on legislation offering needed checks for emergency powers related to firearms during a state of emergency. House Bills 5187-88 protect Second Amendment rights for Michigan citizens by preventing a Governor or state and local health departments from issuing executive orders, directives, proclamations, and emergency orders […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today said an update from the Office of the Auditor General on unreported COVID-19 deaths due to COVID-19 creates more questions going forward.
House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today issued the following statement after it was announced that Julia Dale, director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, will replace acting director Liza Estlund Olson and serve as the director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency: “I recently called on the removal of the acting director […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today said a committee hearing on elevated lead levels in Benton Harbor’s drinking water illuminated serious safety concerns for the community while the governor’s administration ignored pleas from city officials for more funding to help fix the problem.