News From Rep. Hertel

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...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

LANSING — For nearly a year, House Democrats have called for restitution for individuals who were victims of the mismanaged Unemployment Insurance Agency. During that time, Gov. Rick Snyder has been adamant that victims should only be reimbursed for the principal, interest and penalties — nothing else. This week, Gov. Snyder reversed course, admitted responsibility and agreed that a fund should be created to provide UIA victims with damages to get their lives back on...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Tonight, House Democrats voted to protect the earned health care benefits of Michigan’s retired first responders. Last week, hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied against proposals which could have gutted health care for local heroes. Today, the recommendation of House Democrats to implement the reforms of the bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force was accepted. While these benefits are now protected, communities in the state continue to struggle with...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LANSING — This week, Republican legislators are considering efforts to strip away critically important benefits for retired police and firefighters, such as health care. In response, state Representative Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) issued the following response:

“I will stand firmly against any attempt to take away retiree health care benefits that our police and firefighters have earned. Our police and firefighters put our welfare and safety before their own every day of their professional...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) saw his first bill passed today when the House approved a bipartisan package of bills bringing needed reforms to the Unemployment Insurance Agency. The bills address problems that resulted in the agency making 44,000 false fraud allegations against 50,000 people between Oct. 1, 2013, and Aug. 7, 2015. Hertel took leadership on the issue for House Democrats and was a member of the bipartisan workgroup that...

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