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 chairman Rep. Steve Johnson talks about Thursday’s meeting, where members heard from the families of people who died in Michigan nursing homes during the early weeks of the COVID pandemic. Rep. Johnson says Thursday’s meeting underscores the reality that decisions made by the administration impacted people.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson talks about the committee’s meeting Thursday, when members will hear from officials from the Michigan Auditor General’s office about a state undercount of COVID-related nursing home deaths.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson talks about Thursday’s meeting with officials from the Michigan Auditor General’s office and Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel on COVID deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic. Rep. Johnson says a recent Auditor General’s report and testimony Thursday makes him think that the state […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson discusses the upcoming release of the Michigan Auditor General’s report into COVID-19 long-term care facility deaths in Michigan. The state’s Department of Health acknowledged in a letter that a previous total of COVID-19 long-term care facility deaths is 30 percent lower than what the Auditor General found.