Dear Neighbor,

Welcome to the latest edition of my e-newsletter. I am excited to share with you updates from Lansing!

Remember, our government is most effective when we engage with it. I want to hear what matters most to you, how I can help address your needs and what you want me to fight for at the Capitol. My staff and I are always here to talk about ways we can improve our community. You can reach me at or (517) 373-0827.

In service,

Kelly Breen

State Representative, 38th House District

Upcoming Events

Please join our upcoming infrastructure listening tour on Thursday, April 28, from 5-6:15 p.m. at the Novi Civic Center in the Gateway Quarter Room. Join me, other elected officials, and various groups as we discuss the state of infrastructure around Michigan.

I’ll be joined by my special guests:

  • Troy Hagon, director of government affairs with MDOT.
  • Brian Travis, construction engineer with MDOT.
  • Lance Binoniemi, VP of government affairs with the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.
  • Zachary Kolodin, CIO with the Michigan Infrastructure Office.
  • Hallie Fox, state government affairs coordinator with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
  • Gwen Markham, Oakland County commissioner, District 9.
  • Cheryl Porter, chief operating officer of the Water & Field Services division of the Great Lakes Water Authority.

Capitol Conversations will be held on Facebook Live on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m.

Legislative Update

My colleagues and I introduced a package designed to suppress payroll fraud. I specifically introduced House Bill 6035 to strengthen whistleblower protections for employees who report wrongdoing by their employer.

I am a sponsor of a bipartisan package of three bills (House Bills 59625964), which would modernize Michigan’s civil justice system for sexual assault claims and bring Michigan into line with dozens of other states across the country that have chosen to protect survivors and hold perpetrators and their enablers accountable for heinous misconduct.

Earlier this spring, I took part in sponsoring a 10-bill package aimed at auto no-fault reform. My bill seeks to require the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to issue payments within 30 days when they are statutorily required to issue refund payments to consumers. To learn more about the bill package, click on this article.

Unemployment Insurance Overpayment – Hardship Waivers

Receiving unemployment benefits can sometimes lead to a determination of an overpayment, which must be paid back to the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).

A claimant can protest the UIA’s overpayment determination and appeal an overpayment redetermination. If a claimant chooses not to protest or appeal, they can seek a financial hardship waiver based on an individual’s financial inability to repay benefits they’ve received.

How to Apply:

The timing to apply for a waiver is important. If a claimant does not wish to protest or appeal, he or she can apply for the hardship waiver after the overpayment is established. If a claimant intends to protest or appeal, the hardship waiver application should not be submitted until after the protest or appeal is resolved.

UIA will not process a waiver application if an overpayment protest or appeal is pending.

To apply for a hardship waiver, claimants must complete and submit Form 1795 “Request to Waive Repayment of Benefit Overpayment Balance – Statement of Financial Condition.” This can be done through their MiWAM account.

Hardship waivers are decided on a case-by-case basis, unlike waivers from the U.S. Department of Labor. USDOL can authorize states to apply blanket waivers to certain groups of UIA claimants who received federal program benefits implemented in response to the Pandemic. Use of blanket waivers is not permitted on non-federal program overpayments.

Helpful Resources

Coronavirus Info –

Michigan 2-1-1 –

COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) – CERA Program

State Emergency Relief (SER) –

Apply for a Home Heating Credit at

Unemployment Benefits –

Small Business Assistance – and

State Representative Kelly Breen –

State Senate –

State House of Representatives –

Michigan Legislature –

U.S. Senate –

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