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Governor Whitmer signs $140 million unemployment spending bill

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The $140 million planwas part of a last-minute spending package the state Legislature agreed to right before going on break last month.

It puts most of that money toward the state’s Unemployment Compensation Fund. That pays for future unemployment benefits. The new law also funds over 50 new short-term jobs to help the Unemployment Insurance Agencytrack down fraud.

A state audit last month described how one staffing agency worker had committed nearly $4 million of fraud during the pandemic.

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