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Michigan's Senate Minority Leader
Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) called
sweeping GOP-Led changes to states'
unemployment system without the public full knowledge 'baloney'.
"I think people saw the gamesmanship going on here, the baloney," she said to MIRS.
"Unemployment is the No. 1 issue in Michigan right now. They're cramming through massive changes that are going to impact people's lives here and they don't want the public to know. And that's why we said, 'You're going to read the bill, then," she noted to MIRS.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, along with other business organizations supported the changes. Michigan's overall unemployment rate remains in the double-digits at 10.6%.
Democrats tried to offer nine amendments to SB 0806. One of the proposal included return time back that jobless Michiganders could receive Unemployment benefits from 20 to 26 weeks. Republicans then issued an “en bloc” motion to combine all Democratic proposals into one, for an up or down vote.
"Obviously, there was retaliation going on here," Senate Democratic Leader Whitmer stated.
"Look, we had a bill come out of committee yesterday and some people weren't prepared. They wanted all day or four or five hours to read the bills. OK, well, this side of the aisle was prepared," he stated to MIRS.