State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s rejection of funding to extend unemployment benefits will further families and job providers at a time of critical need.
The governor’s veto eliminates a six-week extension of benefits – from 20 weeks to 26 weeks – that was set to take place in January. The extension of benefits included in Senate Bill 604, which the governor signed, was contingent on the $220 million she vetoed from Senate Bill 748.
“I could not be more disappointed with the governor,” Hoitenga said. “This will create an even bigger burden on business owners who the governor has forced to shut down, ultimately further harming their employees – Michigan families will suffer as a result of this decision.”
Hoitenga called the governor’s elimination of this support the latest example of how she has put politics ahead of people throughout this pandemic.
“It’s a problem I will seek to fix as soon as the next Legislature convenes in January,” Hoitenga said.
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