Mar 20, 2017
The legislature has been investigating problems with the MiDAS computer system and false fraud allegations.
This is like the fox investigating the chicken coop. The whole problem at the Unemployment Insurance Agency STARTED with the legislature and the governor.
Back in 2011, a deliberate attack was waged by the politicians to cut unemployment benefits to 20 weeks and to treat the unemployed seeking benefits as “guilty until proven innocent.” Anti-worker legislators imagined that “fraud” was rampant amongst unemployed filers. They “threw the book at” the unemployed by creating 400% fines that were worst-in-the-nation.
THIS created a logic for treating simple clerical errors as fraud — because — the 400% fines created a financial incentive for the state to bring in LOTS of money by fining LOTS of people!
THIS happened earlier in Michigan with the driver responsibility laws. THIS happened in Ferguson, Missouri where the local government funded itself with outrageous fines!
It was true in Ferguson and it was true with the unemployed in Michigan — it took a fight to bring these issues to light.