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Dispute over MIOSHA fines reaches House Oversight Committee

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The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration—or "MIOSHA”—tried to fine the City of Port Huron. During the oversight hearing, City Manager James Freed told lawmakers the city spent thousands of dollars fighting the complaint before the state dropped it.

“Coming to Lansing to shed light on the misconduct of a state agency is pretty intimidating. We fear retaliation. A lot of small business owners probably don’t challenge it because, if you challenge MIOSHA, what will happen?”

Committee leadership says it’s a problem that it would have been cheaper for the city to pay the fine than to fight it. MIOSHA says its decision to drop the case against Port Huron is proof its appeals process works.

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Colin Jackson is the Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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