State Rep. Timmy Beson today announced his support for a new plan to address poor service at the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).
“My focus in the Legislature is all about the people of Bay County, and the unemployment agency has not been serving people well,” said Beson, of Bangor Township. “Poor customer service and delays have made laid-off workers wait without benefits — and without answers. The system is a mess, but this plan will go a long way to clean up the unemployment agency.”
Beson joined the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday to announce a plan to address several shortcomings at the UIA. The proposal will provide a specific timeline for prompt response to claims by requiring the agency to complete reviews and determinations within 10 business days. There is currently no set timeline for reviewing claims.
Further, the plan will establish a new independent citizens’ advocate to improve customer service and help jobless workers obtain benefits. The advocate will also play a role in ensuring transparency at the UIA. The agency has filed administrative appeals that have slowed down unemployment cases, and the plan will require the UIA to inform the citizens’ advocate about the number of appeals and the length of time for resolution of appealed cases.
Legislators will formally introduce the plan in the House of Representatives in the days ahead.
State Rep. Timmy Beson today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s message touting Small Business Saturday doesn’t excuse her veto of his plan to protect small businesses from unnecessary and unconstitutional fines.
From left, state Rep. Annette Glenn of Midland, state Rep. Timmy Beson of Bangor Township, Chief Chris Coughlin of the Midland Fire Department, Chief Rob Glenn of the Bangor Township Fire Department and state Sen. Kevin Daley of Lum, meet in Bangor Township on Thursday, Nov. 18, to discuss local fire and emergency services.
State Rep. Timmy Beson today said a newly released audit sheds light on a major error by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), which approved hundreds of thousands of claims under ineligible criteria.
State Rep. Timmy Beson, of Bangor Township, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed his plan to help recovering businesses by waiving fines for corrected, first-time violations and by reimbursing fines assessed under unconstitutional orders:
“Once again, Gov. Whitmer has turned her back on small businesses.”