LANSING, Mich. — Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D−Taylor) today issued the following statement on House and Senate Democrats’ plan to update unemployment benefits in a broader plan to overhaul the Unemployment Insurance Agency:

“Michigan’s unemployment benefits are woefully outdated, and don’t provide Michigan families with the resources they need to provide for their family while searching for employment. Our state has neglected to index unemployment benefits from 2002 with the current inflation rate, which would correct our unemployment benefits from $362 to $483 per week. Under this legislation, families would spend less time worrying about making ends meet, and more time getting back to work.

“To make matters worse, our state charged 40,000 unemployment recipients a 400 percent penalty after falsely accusing them of unemployment fraud. These practices are unacceptable, and we owe it to those wrongly accused to right the system.”