Whitmer: Replace Michigan’s unemployment system. Critics: What took so long?
LANSING — The faulty computer system that Michigan uses to pay benefits to unemployed residents could get replaced, according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest budget proposal.
On Tuesday, Budget Director Christopher Harkins outlined Michigan’s $74 billion budget, which includes $88 million in spending to address issues with the state’s unemployment insurance system.
According to a news release issued by Whitmer’s office, that money would “strengthen Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance System.”
Whitmer, a Democrat running for reelection, wants $75 million to upgrade the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System, or MiDAS, a computer system used to collect unemployment taxes from employers and pay unemployment insurance benefits to those who have lost their jobs.