State Rep. Beth Griffin and the Michigan House earlier this month approved several measures to continue protecting and helping Southwest Michigan families during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic, including extending unemployment benefits for Michigan’s hardworking employees who were laid off through no fault of their own.
Senate Bill 886, a bipartisan measure that was recently signed into law, safeguards the Unemployment Insurance Agency benefits put in place to address the pandemic and guarantees those claims will continue uninterrupted for the maximum number of weeks allowed by the federal government. The plan will protect workers who left work to self-isolate or quarantine, as well as people who are immunocompromised or need to care for a family member diagnosed with COVID-19. It also ensures job providers will continue to be held harmless for unemployment benefit charges if their employees were laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m proud to have been part of this very important process on behalf of our families,” Griffin said. “Safeguards for UIA benefits will make a huge difference for the residents in our community and throughout all of Michigan.”
Rep. Griffin speaks on the House floor Wednesday prior to approval of her plan that would lower costs for rural broadband expansion by exempting providers from personal property taxes on high-speed internet equipment under certain conditions – and only in areas with slow internet speeds.
Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan today voted to finalize the Michigan Legislature’s comprehensive plan to protect public health and help students, families and job providers continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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