Statement from State Representative Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) on Governor Rick Snyder’s signing of bipartisan bills reforming Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency:

Thursday, December 21, 2017

LANSING — Today, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a bipartisan package of bills reforming the Unemployment Insurance Agency. The bills were the result a bipartisan workgroup, of which state Rep. Kevin Hertel (D- St. Clair Shores) was a member, that was formed after House and Senate Democrats called for action in February of this year to address the false fraud allegations leveled by UIA against nearly 50,000 people. In response to the legislation becoming law, including Rep. Hertel's bill to reduce fraud penalties, now Public Act 226 of 2017, Rep. Hertel issued the following statement:

“Today is a good day for the people of Michigan who were harmed by a grossly mismanaged Unemployment Insurance Agency. Today, we take the first step in righting the wrongs done to tens of thousands of Michigan people and their families. No one should ever be penalized for a mistake someone else made, and I am thankful that today we have begun the process to ensure that this will never happen again. However, our work is not done. The people who were harmed by the false fraud accusations -- those that lost their homes, lost their cars or had to file bankruptcy -- must be made whole. If Governor Snyder and Legislative Republicans are serious about putting working people first, the first thing we must do when we get back to Lansing in January is to create a fund to help UIA victims get their lives back. Anything less isn't good enough."