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:
“The Whitmer Administration has lost nearly $12 billion in taxpayer dollars due to its pure incompetence. It’s simply unacceptable.
“Michigan taxpayers deserve better than this. They deserve answers and accountability from the governor. Instead, our governor released this report quietly, between the holidays, hoping no one would notice.
“But I’m watching. And so is the House Oversight Committee. There will be a public hearing and we will demand answers from Gov. Whitmer’s appointees to learn more about how the unemployment agency managed to lose close to $12 billion in taxpayer money.”
State Rep. Ann Bollin and the Michigan House this week approved a state budget plan that prioritizes the needs of Michigan families while leaving room for $1 billion in tax relief to help relieve the pressure of skyrocketing inflation.