Some Democratic state lawmakers and activists say now is the time to permanently extend and expand unemployment benefits in Michigan.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a million Michiganders have applied for unemployment benefits. The state is expanding jobless benefits during the pandemic.
But State Representative Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon) says the COVID-19 crisis revealed problems with the current system.
“It just really puts the microscope on how our unemployment insurance agency is now structured,” says Sabo.