Nesbitt resolution requesting audit of Unemployment Insurance Agency passes Senate

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Aric Nesbitt introduced a resolution in the state Senate requesting that the auditor general conduct a financial and performance audit of the Unemployment Insurance Agency and provide recommendations to address any organizational deficiencies.

“Since arrival of the coronavirus, numerous Michigan workers have lost their jobs and the income they need to provide for their families,” said Nesbitt, R-Lawton. “These families were promised they’d receive benefits to help them pay bills, but unfortunately the Unemployment Insurance Agency left many people waiting and frustrated.”

The governor’s many executive orders shut down Michigan businesses and put nearly two million people out of work. The state’s unemployment agency has since struggled to keep up with the massive influx of claims.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 requests a formal audit of the agency to determine any financial weaknesses and better help the Legislature understand potential issues within the agency.

“The auditor general reviewing the Unemployment Insurance Agency will provide guidance on using resources more effectively and improving the agency’s performance in the future,” said Nesbitt.

The resolution was approved by the Senate Thursday afternoon.