House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) has sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking for more details about a March trip to Florida. Johnson said the letter underscores the importance of transparency for people who demand it of their elected officials and works to ensure the state’s governor acted in a lawful fashion.
Whitmer’s trip came around the same time she was cautioning people to stay home as COVID-19 cases surged in Michigan. It was disclosed that a nonprofit group formed to help fund the governor’s inauguration paid over $27,000 to charter a plane for the flight. Just in the last few days, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it is investigating the company hired for the flight to see if it is authorized to operate charter flights.
Johnson said the slow and consistent trickle of new information since the trip came to light April 19 has caused a need for greater scope. The questions ask for particulars on the flight, the group that funded it and costs involved, among other relevant pieces of information.
“These questions are both reasonable and important to giving the people of Michigan certainty that their governor is following proper procedures and acting within the bounds of the law,” Johnson writes in the letter. Johnson has requested answers by May 27 and said refusal to cooperate will result in additional follow-up by the House Oversight Committee.
Legislator invites people across Michigan to share their experiences House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today said a new web form will help legislators examine recent problems surrounding the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. Roughly 650,000 federal pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) claimants in Michigan have been asked to re-file information to make sure they’re eligible. […]
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.
House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Steve Johnson talks about today’s committee passage of Senate-approved legislation that would extend the deadline for renewing an operator’s or chauffer’s license expiring between April 1 and June 1by 90 days. The plan would also require some walk-in appointments at Secretary of State offices.