LANSING — House Democrats unveiled a plan today to strengthen unemployment protections and restore benefits, allowing Michiganders to focus on finding a new job without worrying about how they’re going to pay bills or put food on the table. The package of bills focuses on improving the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) system so it can handle a forecasted recession, ensuring accountability for employers not paying their UIA tax, and making whole those falsely accused of fraud. In response, state Rep. John Chirkun (D-Roseville), whose House Bill 4898 would require state agencies to help individuals restore their credit when the agency is at fault, issued the following statement:

“Credit ratings affect almost every aspect of your life — at times more than they should — so when someone’s credit is hurt because of a state agency’s mistakes, it should be on the agency to remedy the issue as quickly as possible. We need to build better accountability into the system, and that’s what my bill will do.”