Legislator calls on governor to incentivize work, not unemployment
State Rep. Phil Green, of Millington, is urging the governor to end supplemental unemployment benefits to encourage Michiganders to return to work.
“It’s an unfortunate reality that these benefits are so great that there’s little reason for many Michigan residents to return to work,” Green said. “Our local businesses want and need to reopen fully, but they are running into serious roadblocks when it comes to hiring workers.”
Michigan currently offers up to $362 per week to unemployed workers, with an additional $300 coming from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The ARP give the governors of the states the sole authority to accept or reject the additional $300. The extra $300 won’t expire until September.
Green said it’s time to stop paying Michigan residents not to work now that much of the state’s population has been vaccinated and the presence of COVID-19 has substantially diminished.
“If people don’t return to work, our economy stands no chance at recovery,” Green said. “We have an opportunity to turn things around here in Michigan, but incentivizing people to stay home just inches us further away from that.”
Four other states including Montana, South Carolina, North Dakota and Iowa have stopped accepting federal unemployment benefits in June.
With the signing of federal infrastructure legislation Monday, Rep. Green, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, says the state must proceed with respect for what are taxpayer dollars.
Rep. Green talks about Wednesday’s release of the House Adoption and Foster Care Task Force report. A Task Force member, Rep. Green says a key message is that communities need to focus even more on promoting foster care and adoption.
State Rep. Phil Green, of Millington, today unveiled a report compiled by the bipartisan House Adoption and Foster Care Task Force during a press conference. The report details findings that resulted from meetings with stakeholders, experts, and the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
State Rep. Phil Green, of Tuscola County, issued the following statement after environmental activist group Detroit Will Breathe broke into a secure pump station along Line 5 in Vassar, Michigan to force the closure of a 600-mile oil pipeline: