Former State Treasurer Andy Dillon (Left) and Michigan Governor
Rick Snyder (Right) at a earlier "Reinvent Michigan" press
By: Monica RW
"Former Michigan State Treasurer Andy Dillon resigned October of 2013. Over three months later, Dillon continues to collect a salary off of Michigan's taxpayers dime as the states' unemployment workers await Governor Rick Snyder's claimed economic recovery."It would be unbelievable if it was not true. Former administrative official for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder - Andy Dillon remains on the state's payroll as a governmental employee. Dillon resigned in October last year after a rehabilitation stint and controversial divorce proceedings.
As State Treasurer, Dillon initialed procedures under the authority of Public Act 436 of 2012 and the law previous version P.A. 4 of 2011, declaring certain cities along with public school districts as insolvent and thus, eligible for a Emergency Manager appointment or under on-going state review.
Senior adviser to current State Treasurer Kevin Clinton, Department spokesman Terry Stanton told the Detroit Free Press, Dillon's continued employment status includes assisting the office with "transition and fiscal issues."
“As noted during the announcement of Treasurer Clinton’s appointment, Mr. Dillon assisted Mr. Clinton with transition issues and has been working on local government fiscal issues,” Stanton said.In a October statement, Governor Rick Snyder failed to mention former Dillon would remain on the payroll as a Consultant.
“Andy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Michigan, and we’re a stronger state because of his dedication, expertise and leadership,” Snyder said October 11. The Governor added Dillon “has been instrumental in many of the comprehensive reforms that are contributing to Michigan’s comeback.”Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson called Dillon on-going salary after resigning from the Treasurer position last October "outrageous" and appears to be an effort to pay off "political cronies" off of State Taxpayers revenue.
“Maybe in Rick Snyder’s world it’s OK to pay people not to work while giving outrageous bonuses to investment fund managers, but that’s not the Michigan way,” Johnson said.
“Rick Snyder and Andy Dillon should repay taxpayers for the money that Dillon was paid not to work. The people of Michigan have a right to expect that taxpayer resources will be used to build a stronger middle class, not to pay off political cronies.”
In 2011, Governor Rick Snyder signed a reduction of state funded unemployment benefits, from 26 to 20 weeks. Sara Wurfel, spokesperson for the Governor's office said to MLive after Michigan jobless benefit claim weeks were reduced, Snyder would promote the states; "improving" economic climate by "working tirelessly" to create job opportunities for residents.
The Governor continues, "to work tirelessly to help turn around Michigan's economy and create more and better jobs so that we can hopefully reduce the need for unemployment in the first place," said Wurfel on March 11, 2011 to MLive.Michigan jobless rate remains stubbornly high at 8.8% and up to 413,000 state residents, according to November 2013 data released by the States' Department of Technology, Management and Budget, are unemployed.
Former State Treasurer Dillon issued a statement in October saying media scrutiny surrounding his divorce became a distraction to stay in office, on the job.
“It has become clear to me — as it likely is to most — that it is unfair to my family and the residents of Michigan, to allow issues related to my recent divorce and the unfortunate acrimony associated with it to be a continued source of media attention and scrutiny,” Dillon said in a statement October 11.As a former Treasurer and now private State taxpayer paid Consultant, Dillon salary is $174,000 with fringe benefits including paid healthcare and retirement contributions. The maximum weekly benefit claimants receive while collecting state funded benefits is $362.00.