State Representative Mike Mueller

07/15/2020
State Representative Matt Hall on Joint Sub Committee Findings

A few updates:

I’ve heard from numerous business owners over the last couple days who have expressed concern regarding their sudden requirement to enforce the Governor’s mask order. Further, we’re now hearing police departments across the state will not be enforcing mask violations due to personnel shortages and mounting calls for a number of other issues.

I find it troubling that our Governor decided to threaten our business owners’ licenses and impose misdemeanor penalties for those who are in violation. This order is unclear and nearly impossible for business owners to reasonably enforce, putting businesses who are already struggling in an even worse situation. We are now four months into this pandemic and deaths and hospitalizations are significantly lower than they were before. The sudden decision to force businesses to enforce a mask order is misguided and puts workers in even great danger, especially at a time where mental health issues are on the rise. It was shown today with the terrible events that transpired at the Quality Dairy in Delta Township.

The responses we’ve seen from police departments across the state also make it abundantly clear that law enforcement was not consulted when this decision was made.

For those of you who are asking what the Legislature is doing in response, we are still awaiting a hearing in regard to our lawsuit. That hasn’t slowed the progress the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic has made in their examination of the state’s response to the pandemic, however. In a report from the Chairman of the committee, it was found that the Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity (LEO), the department in which the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) is housed under, still does not have a return to work safety plan. Because of this, UIA regional offices cannot be reopened. While state employees were able to cut the line for unemployment benefits, thousands of private-sector workers still have not received theirs after months of waiting. A summary from Chairman Matt Hall can be found here: https://youtu.be/Hxt3rlLc8So

The committee also heard from the owners of two companies – Med Source 1 and Platinum Global Sourcing. We learned both companies actively tried to contract with the state to provide PPE, both with millions of items at a competitive price, yet the state never returned their calls. These companies worked with local agencies in Michigan and even Henry Ford Health System, yet the state said we couldn’t get supplies.

Lastly, most of us have heard about the prevalence of COVID-19 in Michigan’s nursing homes. Tomorrow morning, I will be hearing testimony on a bill in the House Health Policy Committee that will prohibit the transfer of COVID-19 positive patients to nursing homes from another facility. This is a very important step in getting this pandemic under control.

Rep. Hall on Covid-19 Task Force findings.

May God bless you and your family this Independence Day, and may God continue to bless America.
07/04/2020

May God bless you and your family this Independence Day, and may God continue to bless America.

Today my colleagues in the House and Senate announced the Return to Learn plan, which requires local school districts an...
06/23/2020
Mueller announces plan to safely resume school in the fall

Today my colleagues in the House and Senate announced the Return to Learn plan, which requires local school districts and health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards that are best for their unique area.

Some of the other highlights of the plan:

- Provides an $800 per pupil payment to K-12 schools to implement a robust distance learning plan and health and safety measures to return students safely to the classroom.
- Includes a $500 per teacher payment as hazard and overtime pay and to help cover costs incurred due to transitioning to distance learning teaching plans.
- Delivers $80 million to intermediate school districts to assist schools in coordinating and implementing distance learning plans and safety measures.

State Rep. Mike Mueller today joined House and Senate colleagues in unveiling a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall.

"Some delivery services are offering food from restaurants on their apps without first getting permission from the busin...
06/17/2020
Rep. Mueller fights to protect Michigan restaurants from unfair practices by third-party delivery services

"Some delivery services are offering food from restaurants on their apps without first getting permission from the business, and it’s costing restaurants money,” Mueller said. “Our restaurant owners are already struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Now, to top it off, restaurants who do have active partnerships are being charged fees that are not expressively written in their contracts. My plan will protect our restaurant owners."

https://gophouse.org/rep-mueller-fights-to-protect-michigan-restaurants-from-unfair-practices-by-third-party-delivery-services/

State Rep. Mike Mueller today testified on his plan to protect restaurants from being taken advantage of by independent delivery services.

Representative Graham Filler and I co-authored an op-ed that highlights some of the ways we can improve law enforcement ...
06/16/2020
Opinion: Defunding the police is not the answer

Representative Graham Filler and I co-authored an op-ed that highlights some of the ways we can improve law enforcement through meaningful reforms. The injustices we have witnessed are truly eye-opening and horrific, but it is important that we do not further risk the health and safety of the public in our efforts to make positive change.

https://amp.detroitnews.com/amp/3190863001

"The radical movement calling to defund local police departments that’s gaining momentum is a ridiculous idea that we must all reject."

Happy Flag Day.  Today we honor the American flag and those who have laid down their lives defending our freedom and ind...
06/14/2020

Happy Flag Day. Today we honor the American flag and those who have laid down their lives defending our freedom and independence.

06/12/2020
FOX 17

My office has submitted over 1,000 assistance requests to the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) on behalf of constituents who cannot get through to the agency. Roughly half of these requests remain unresolved, and many of these individuals have now gone more than two months without payment. This is simply unacceptable, and we need answers from the Governor and the UIA as to why the system remains dysfunctional despite being shut down for almost three months now.

If you or someone you know has gone more than 10 weeks without payment, I suggest reaching out to Ryan Cummings at Fox 17. His information is shared in the post below.

Please contact my office as well at [email protected] or by calling (517)-373-1780 if you need assistance.

UNEMPLOYMENT HELP:

**UPDATE**

Thanks for sending in your claims. We’re doing our best to get answers. If you didn’t get them in by midnight Sunday, just know we’re continuing to hold the UIA accountable and ask questions.

We had to make a cutoff as there’s only so much we can do. We’ve made a list and will send it along to the UIA and lawmakers.

06/11/2020

Protecting the integrity of our elections is of the utmost importance. If you or someone you know has received an absentee ballot application from the Secretary of State for a person who does not currently live at your address or is not eligible, we want to know!

Senator Ruth Johnson, Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, is compiling information related to this issue to be discussed at the next committee hearing. Please email me at [email protected], or Senator Ruth Johnson at [email protected] with as much information as you can.

Please include your name and phone number in case we have questions. In addition, please type “Ballot Problem” in the subject line to help us quickly sort your email.

Lastly, Senator Johnson would also like to show some of the actual envelopes and contents to the committee. Please make sure you are not opening or sending mail that was not addressed to you. If you would like, please mail them to:

Senator Ruth Johnson
PO Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909

Examples of information to include in the email:

1. A picture of the absentee ballot application(s) if you still have them.
2. If you know the recipient is deceased or has moved, and approximately how long ago.
3. If you received an application and have no idea who the recipient is.
4. If you know a non-citizen or ineligible person that received an absentee ballot request.

Thank you for your help in ensuring the people of Michigan have secure and fair elections!

REMINDER:TODAY, I will be hosting a car insurance tele-townhall with House Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Selec...
06/03/2020

REMINDER:

TODAY, I will be hosting a car insurance tele-townhall with House Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, Representative Jason Wentworth.

The tele-townhall will take place from 5:00 - 6:00p.m. and we will be discussing ways you can reduce your car insurance rates when the mandatory rate reductions kick-in next month. We will also be taking questions from callers.

I hope you will join!

This pandemic has caused challenges for all of us, and your stories matter.  That’s why the Joint Select Committee on th...
05/28/2020
MI COVID Story

This pandemic has caused challenges for all of us, and your stories matter. That’s why the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic created a new website, MI COVID Story, that allows you to share your stories and stay up to date with the committee’s work. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this great resource.

https://www.micovidstory.com/

In Michigan, the pandemic has taken our friends, our family, our jobs, our livelihoods and our dreams. Share your story.

Reminder:  On June 3, I will be hosting a car insurance tele-townhall with House Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the...
05/27/2020

Reminder: On June 3, I will be hosting a car insurance tele-townhall with House Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, Representative Jason Wentworth.

The tele-townhall will take place from 5:00 - 6:00p.m. and we will be discussing ways you can reduce your car insurance rates when the mandatory rate reductions kick-in next month. We will also be taking questions from callers.

This will be a great learning opportunity to help you save money on car insurance and I hope you can join! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

05/26/2020

Over the weekend, the Michigan Court of Claims issued a split decision regarding the Legislature’s lawsuit against Governor Whitmer. Some of the key rulings were:

• The Governor violated the Emergency Management Act (EMA) of 1976 by unilaterally declaring a state of emergency after the Legislature denied her request for an extension.

• The Emergency Management Act’s mechanism for
legislative approval of state of emergency extensions was not an unconstitutional “legislative veto."

• The Governor’s emergency orders (i.e. Stay Home order) stand because they are independently authorized by the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945 and that Act is constitutionally valid.

First, it’s important to emphasize that the court found that the Governor broke the law by extending the state of emergency without legislative approval. While I disagree with other parts of the opinion, namely that the Stay Home order may continue to stand, I believe we made great progress.

Second, the Legislature filed for appeal and also filed a bypass application to allow the Legislature to receive a ruling directly from the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Legislature stands ready to work with the Governor towards a plan that works for all of Michigan and the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic has been working to provide important oversight into the administration’s response to the pandemic. The committee has began hearing testimony but there are still many questions that need to be answered. 124,000 people still have not received payment from the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), and we are still lacking clear guidance from the Governor’s office as to how businesses may safely re-open. The House and Senate have both released plans.

To be clear, the Legislature is doing all that the law allows us to do to ensure the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances are preserved. Our policy and legal team is working around the clock to ensure the balance of power is spread evenly throughout our three branches of government.

Regardless of who holds office, the voice of people is always the most important. Months of unilateral control directly challenges the foundation of what our Constitution stands for, something thousands of men and women died defending. It is imperative that the public be represented in Michigan's response to the pandemic.

Today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
05/25/2020

Today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

05/23/2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, our goal was to flatten the curve to ensure hospitals were not overwhelmed. We have accomplished that goal.

While other states are getting back to work, Michigan still has some of the strictest orders in the nation. As of yesterday, Michigan had 53,913 total confirmed cases. As of May 15, it was reported that 28,234 people had recovered from the virus, leaving us with approximately 25,679 current cases.

I am disappointed that the Governor extended the "Stay Home" order again until June 12 without any legislative input.
The number of current cases makes up about 0.2% of our state's total population. More Michiganders are suffering because of the overreaching orders, and not because of the virus itself. I am still yet to see the science and data driving these decisions.

I am still receiving daily messages from constituents who have not been able to get through to the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) as well. It's been over two months and the system is still failing. I have also heard from dozens of business owners who do not know if they will make it through the shutdown. Michigan is also facing a significant budget shortfall for the current and next fiscal year where cuts will inevitably be made.

Now that we know more about the virus, there is no reason we cannot get Michiganders back to work safely and get our economy back on track. I am again urging the Governor to work with us in the Legislature to develop a plan that works for everyone, not just southeast Michigan.

It was honor to offer a bi-partisan resolution with Representative Jim Ellison recognizing May as Cystic Fibrosis Awaren...
05/20/2020
Bipartisan Resolution Declares Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

It was honor to offer a bi-partisan resolution with Representative Jim Ellison recognizing May as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

My sister, Madeline, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at a young age, so this issue is very close to me. Despite all the hardships my sister has faced, she went on to play the saxophone, joined the color guard with the marching band at Northwestern University, became a music teacher in Minneapolis, and is an avid traveler to this day.

She also had a double lung transplant last year and her recovery has been great. She will turn 50 next week.

Madeline beat the odds and I could not be more proud to call myself her brother!

State Representatives Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak) and Mike Mueller (R-Linden) introduced House Resolution 2 today, declaring May as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects nearly 30,000 children and adults nationwide, causing an....

05/14/2020

I wanted to take a moment to recognize an amazing organization in my hometown, Pay it Forward Linden, who has gone above and beyond to help others during these tough times. They have donated activity books to children, delivered food to police officers and gifts to graduating seniors, provided meals for individuals who are struggling, and have made and donated masks to first responders, healthcare workers, and local businesses. This is just a glimpse of all the good they have done for the local community.

Thank you to everyone with Pay it Forward Linden for all that you do!

The infographics below include the date, time, and call-in information for two upcoming and important tele-townhalls.  Y...
05/12/2020

The infographics below include the date, time, and call-in information for two upcoming and important tele-townhalls. You won't want to miss them!

The Unemployment Townhall will take place on Friday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. with Genesee County Representatives Sheryl Kennedy, Tim Sneller, John Cherry, Cynthia Neeley, and myself. Also participating will be special guest Steve Gray, Director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).

The Car Insurance Townhall will take place on Wednesday, June 3 at 5:00 p.m. with special guest Representative Jason Wentworth, House Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates.

Please feel free to email me at [email protected] or call my office at (517)-373-1780 with any questions.

When the COVID-19 crisis began, I felt the Governor took the proper steps to ensure we accomplished our goal of flatteni...
05/09/2020
Rep. Mueller: The governor continues to ignore the people of Michigan and the democratic process

When the COVID-19 crisis began, I felt the Governor took the proper steps to ensure we accomplished our goal of flattening the curve to keep beds available in our hospitals. As time moved on, however, it became apparent that the Governor had no interest in working with the Legislature, thus ignoring the democratic process and the voice of the people. This has been clearly demonstrated by the one-size-fits-all orders, all of which had no input from the Legislature.

With this has come a complete lack of transparency from the administration. If there is data and science that supports the many overreaching orders that most other states do not have, we'd love to see it.

The curve has been flattened and our hospitals are operating far short of full capacity - we accomplished our goal. Now the Governor has moved the goalposts in an attempt to continue acting unilaterally and this simply cannot happen. Millions are out of work, businesses are on the brink of closure, and people who need care cannot receive it.

I never wanted this lawsuit to happen, but it is necessary that we do all we can to restore the principles of checks and balances and the separation of powers. To be clear, this is not an attempt to strip the Governor’s orders - many of them will be retained so that we can continue to keep people safe. This is the necessary move we made to ensure every citizen has a voice in the decision-making process.

State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, issued the following statement after the governor announced the extension of her stay home order to May 28.

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Mike I was wondering who I contact because all of a suddenly my unemployment is being denied while I'm on furlough at UofM flint. They approved first week and denied me the second week. I go back to work at the end of August. Please direct me in the right direction please.
I would like to know what is going on with this governor's executive order on mask! If things to shut her down soon,then we will have to get people in there that will!! Need answers please!
Can you explain why you voted yes on HB5762 that includes section 3 which says that you can be 'microchipped' if required by a court order as a condition of your employment?? This is a direct violation of OUR constitutional rights. "An employer may, as a condition of employment, as a condition of employment in a particular position, or as a condition of receiving additional compensation or other benefits, require an employee or prospective employee to comply with a court order that directs the employee or prospective employee to take an action described in subsection (1). [Subsection (1) includes having to:] (a) Implant, or undergo a procedure to implant, a device in the employee's or prospective employee's body. (b) Inject, or receive an injection of, a device into the employee's or prospective employee's body. (c) Ingest, inhale, or otherwise incorporate a device into the employee's or prospective employee's body."
Redistribute the money. If teachers and schools are more enabled, that at is what will help PREVENT crime.
Nope. Police don’t need funding for this. They need to be fired and imprisoned for war crimes and their pensions paid to their victims.
Is this your area?
First of I'd like to say good job, haven't had to sick yur dad on ya HAHAHAHA. Ok reason I'm writing is I saw this on a forum I go to everyday I can. http://www.indianaopenwheel.com/showthread.php?s=e80757a20f320f84ad621658ec72a513&t=113325 I am taking a stand for all race fans in MI, I see it everyday on my FB page. We see places like salons, barber shops - small businesses being shut down. But the big places stay open Walmart, Home Depot & so on. Yeah I heard HD only lets a few in at a time, & Menards requires mask. But this a Disease we stand a 1% chance of getting & a 99% cure rate. Read back in late 80's in USA TODAY paper the 2 NASCAR races at Daytona was estimated to bring in 25 million dollars. Racing is big in MI believe we have 57 some tracks in this state alone. Anyways just a FYI, keep up the good work 2 thumbs up
Thank you to you and your office staff for returning my call promptly today and helping me with my unemployment! That’s working for the people and I appreciate it very much!
Mike, can you give us your thoughts on the governors speech today, please? Can she extend the stay at home order without the support of the house and senate, and if so, will she receive that support? Any insight you can give would be appreciated.
Can you provide a link to the latest updates to the restrictions in Michigan? We keep hearing conflicting stories. As of today Thursday the 16th I have heard that there businesses that can work and the restrictions on motorized boats have been lifted. But have not found anything official to confirm. Thanks.
If the governor keeps extending the stay at home, please try to get her to at least allow garden centers to see plants both flowers and vegetables. We need those both for eating and having some feelings of normal.