State Rep. Ann Bollin, who in August called on the governor to remove Liza Estlund Olson, acting director of the troubled Unemployment Insurance Agency, today released the following statement after a new director was named:
“After months of inaction, the governor has finally responded to the problems that have plagued the state’s unemployment agency and caused unnecessary hardship for so many Michigan families.
“When the former director, Steve Gray, resigned suddenly last year, acting director Liza Estlund Olson promised to get things back on track – but things are still a disaster. To this day, thousands of Michiganders are still waiting on unpaid claims from this failing agency. I hope the governor’s third try will finally offer the accountability we have all been fighting for, so people can finally get the unemployment checks they’re entitled to.
“With new leadership at the helm, and the changes the Legislature is working on to hold the unemployment agency accountable, I’m fighting to make sure Michiganders have a service they can count on in the future.”
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) on Wednesday 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. State Rep. Ann Bollin issued the following statement:
State Rep. Ann Bollin, chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, this week led the House in approving three bipartisan reforms that will help local clerks conduct routine election tasks more efficiently and add transparency to the statewide petition initiative process.