Today, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) disclosed it paid out an estimated $8.5 billion to fraudulent claims. This is in addition to the nearly $4 billion in ineligible payments discovered by the Auditor General in a November 2021 performance audit. Over $10 billion in taxpayer money was squandered away and with more audits outstanding we could learn of even more taxpayer money lost.
“The Whitmer Administration has continued to show incompetence and disrespect for the taxpayers they serve,” said Rep. Steve Johnson. “The Whitmer Administration should be ashamed that they lost over $10 billion in taxpayer money under their ‘leadership’ and demand that Steve Gray pay back his $85,000 hush fund buyout.
“This is absolutely unacceptable to the taxpayers of Michigan and there should be consequences for this level of gross mismanagement, but alas, if the Whitmer Administration is consistent on anything, there will be no accountability.
“Under my leadership, the House Oversight Committee will be holding a joint hearing with the Senate Oversight Committee to learn more about how the UIA managed to lose over $10 billion in taxpayer money.”
House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today voted to advance a multi-bill package that allows the Legislature to have greater oversight over emergency powers that are used by the executive branch. Johnson, who has sponsored legislation within the plan, said the measures set reasonable timeframes, ensure transparency, deliver greater accountability and clarify law to […]
Rep. Johnson talks about House Oversight Committee passage this week of his HB 4041, which would allow a Michigan resident to make a state park or state forest campground reservation two weeks prior to out-of-state residents.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Johnson talks about a 31-bill package pending before the committee designed to hold state government more accountable to Michigan citizens when using emergency powers. Rep. Johnson says the plan could be moved out of committee to the full House this week.
House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Steve Johnson talks about Committee passage Thursday of a series of bills that update Michigan’s Freedom of Information law by better defining “business days” as being Monday-Friday, limiting government agencies from bringing up new reasons not to disclose information during appeals and identifying public contacts. The plan now moves to […]