DETROIT – State lawmakers are demanding answers from Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) over an error that could end up costing people who collected benefits.
The UIA is dealing with another big mess that could impact those who are collecting. It has to do with the questions asked of those filing, questions that haven’t been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. Now people need to resubmit their claims or possibly pay back the benefits.
“I don’t have the money to pay that back,” said Erin Miller. “And it’s their mistake.”
State Rep. Steve Johnson said he’s asking for an investigation.
“From all the fraudulent activity occurring within the agency, to their latest letter to nearly 700,000 Michiganders potentially demanding they pay funds back, the UIA is a disaster and there needs to be leadership changes now,” Johnson said. “How about before asking people to pay funds back due to the state’s mistake, they ask former director Steve Gray to pay back his $86,000 hush fund payment?”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke out about this latest issue Wednesday in Flint. She said she does not believe people will need to pay anything back.