“While this pandemic has undoubtedly created many obstacles for our communities to overcome, it has also laid bare many flaws that have existed long before the COVID-19 outbreak. Our unemployment system has been underfunded and too narrow in scope for years. The overwhelmed application process made it clear that the department is understaffed and in need of improved technological infrastructure, and the lack of support for some sects of workers brought a long-standing gap in coverage to the forefront of this crisis. I look forward to being part of the solution that protects the financial security of Michigan workers during this crisis and beyond.”



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