State Rep. Steve Carra is seeking dismissal of Liza Estlund Olson as acting director of the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.
Olson replaced former Director Steve Gray, who resigned in November 2020.
Carra said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral lockdown orders forced hard-working people to seek unemployment assistance, but they were met with an agency unprepared for the task at hand.
A spike in unemployment claims resulted after the pandemic and Whitmer’s executive orders forced many people out of work, he said. The increase exposed the failure of the UIA to provide adequate service, and many claimants contacted legislative offices for assistance when they could not get help directly from the agency, Carra noted.
Despite the overwhelmed system, Carra said the UIA did not reopen offices for in-person assistance until June of this year.