Michigan’s Ineffective Unemployment System Is Nothing New

Governing: When Trey Holubec started fighting Michigan’s unemployment system, he was mainly doing so for his own family.

Now, the quiet, laid-back, apolitical maintenance worker at Midwest Water Treatment in Caro is fighting the system for Marlene – an elderly woman he’s never met.

Holubec had never been unemployed before the coronavirus pandemic. He started getting unemployment pay after being laid off, until he was one of the 340,000 Michiganders who had their accounts suspended by the state earlier this month, for fear of fraud.

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