July 20, 2021
July 20, 2021
Lansing, Mich., July 20, 2021 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer continued her veto tour, when she rejected a bill that would wind down the extended federal unemployment benefits and help ease the labor shortage Michigan has faced for months.
“Governor Whitmer’s veto of this legislation shows how unwilling she is to diverge from the radical economic policies of the left, and follow the science and data that shows a direct correlation between these labor shortages and expanded unemployment benefits,” said Eric Ventimiglia, executive director for Michigan Rising Action. Ventimiglia continued, “Whitmer crippled small businesses with her excessive COVID restrictions and shutdowns, and vetoing this bill and continuing Michigan’s labor shortage is tantamount to kicking them while they’re down.”
Multiple Republican led states facing similar labor shortages earlier this summer opted to end their extended unemployment benefits, and new data suggests this was the right move to put citizens back to work. Business Insider reports:
“New monthly data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that several states that have cut the extra $300 weekly federal unemployment benefits are closer to pre-pandemic employment relative to others. When ranking the states which are closest to their February 2020 employment levels as of June 2021, 13 of the top 15 are states that have cut unemployment benefits earlier than the September expiration.”
Criticism of Whitmer’s approach to unemployment extends far beyond these extended benefits. Late last month, it was reported that 648,000 Michiganders might have to repay their UI benefits due to incompetence at the agency, which used the wrong qualifying standards for the benefits. This week, it is being reported that the state may now be charging those individuals interest on their repayment, despite it being a mistake of Whitmer’s administration.