State Representative Matt Hall

Hall says the software running the system is flawed. Users can’t update data fields on their own. A simple mistake on an...
09/08/2020
Tale Of Two Michigan Unemployment Stories

Hall says the software running the system is flawed. Users can’t update data fields on their own. A simple mistake on an intake form that should be easy to correct, is not. Sometimes that means weeks or more of delays. And it gets worse, Hall says the agency director admits to nearly 40 percent of the calls into the agency two weeks ago, went unanswered.

Hall says the state can wave its flag all it wants. But when state residents aren’t getting the help they need, it can only be described as a failure

Since the virus outbreak began in March, the state reports about $22 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid to more than 2.1 million workers. Sounds awesome. But there is another side to the story.

“So, when we’re making a decision as critical as shutting down businesses and people’s livelihoods and their jobs and fo...
09/04/2020
Michigan lawmaker trying to reduce unemployment tax burden for employers

“So, when we’re making a decision as critical as shutting down businesses and people’s livelihoods and their jobs and for some we’re going on five and a half months now - so if we’re going to do that, I think it should be a collaborative process,” said republican representative Matt Hall.

... when a governor is making that decision, ‘am I gonna go it alone using emergency powers and am I gonna shut down businesses for an extended period of time’ which is what it would take, I want to know there will be a consequence of that.

A new bill making its way through the Michigan House is trying to help businesses that will soon pay more in unemployment taxes.

Michigan Chamber of Commerce
09/03/2020

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

This week, HB 6136 (Hall) was introduced to prevent an automatic increase in unemployment taxes for Michigan job providers. To read more about what this bill would entail: https://lnkd.in/gh5zhHj

“I don’t think any extra tax increase is fair,” said HallUnder the bill, Hall said, if the unemployment trust fund drops...
09/03/2020
Michigan lawmakers may tweak unemployment law to help employers amid pandemic

“I don’t think any extra tax increase is fair,” said Hall

Under the bill, Hall said, if the unemployment trust fund drops below $2.5 billion because of the governor using emergency powers, then the government will have to address the shortfall from state or federal funds and “those small businesses and job creators across Michigan would not pay extra unemployment taxes.”

The proposal comes after some businesses have been closed for more than five months, Hall said.

While many agreed with the initial shutdown, he said, watching the trust fund balance move toward the $2.5 billion trigger point in June could have started discussions on how to avoid extended business closings that remain for gyms, movie theaters and other businesses in much of the Lower Peninsula.

Michigan’s reserves to pay jobless claims are dwindling amid record unemployment claims. Starting Jan. 1, employers would have to pay more into the system, but some lawmakers want to avoid that prospect.

"Today, former Whitmer administration employee Ed Duggan notified our committee that he's refusing to testify about his ...
09/01/2020
Former Whitmer Aide Hired by Biden Stonewalls Legislative Probe - Washington Free Beacon

"Today, former Whitmer administration employee Ed Duggan notified our committee that he's refusing to testify about his participation in a highly suspect political no-bid government contract," state lawmakers Matt Hall and Aric Nesbitt said in a Friday statement. "Citizens expect accountability, so hopefully his current employer, Joe Biden, will require Ed Duggan to testify and provide the people of Michigan answers."

A former top aide to Michigan Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer—who has since been hired to help lead Joe Biden's campaign in the state—is stonewalling a legislative probe into his role in steering a lucrative coronavirus contract to a Democratic consulting firm.

“While I appreciate the governor reopening some of these sectors, her administration must do more. Respond and communica...
08/31/2020
Opinion | Gov. Whitmer must do more on reopening Michigan small businesses

“While I appreciate the governor reopening some of these sectors, her administration must do more. Respond and communicate. If a safety plan is not adequate, then clearly explain what is lacking and what more they must do to permit them to reopen safely. These local job providers have been patient. They have said they are entering a critical, make-or-break stretch for their livelihoods. We owe it to them to be responsive and work together to find ways for them to resume their lives safely.“

Guest Commentary: Small businesses are entering a critical, make-or-break stretch for their livelihoods, says this senator, who serves on the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. We owe it to them to find ways for them to resume their lives safely.

“Gov. Whitmer’s administration needs to look at these reopening plans – which were developed months ago – and get seriou...
08/26/2020
Small Michigan businesses ‘on brink of destruction,’ ask Gov. Whitmer for plan to reopen

“Gov. Whitmer’s administration needs to look at these reopening plans – which were developed months ago – and get serious about finding solutions,” said State Rep. Matt Hall, R-Marshall, who chairs the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. “It’s disheartening to hear more stories of hardship and poor communication from Gov. Whitmer’s administration.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our communities and local economies. They have worked hard to reopen in a way that can keep their customers and staff safe. It would be nice to see that hard work reciprocated from Gov. Whitmer’s office.”

Numerous Michigan business representatives on Wednesday appeared before a legislative joint committee to plead for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow them to reopen.

“A lot of these industries have served on work groups created by Gov. Whitmer’s administration and they’ve submitted pla...
08/26/2020
Michigan movie theaters make plea to reopen before its too late

“A lot of these industries have served on work groups created by Gov. Whitmer’s administration and they’ve submitted plans on how they can reopen safely and responsibly,” said Rep. Matt Hall, R-Marshall, who chairs the committee. “They’ve waited for months with no feedback. We want to hear their plans and give them a voice, because no one else seems to be listening to them.”

While moviegoers across the globe are watching the $200-million Hollywood blockbuster "Tenet" in limited capacity theaters, Michigan moviegoers are watching "Jaws" at pop-up drive-ins, or nothing at all.

“Hall says maybe the most damaging is continued delays faced by many state residents getting unemployment assistance. It...
08/21/2020
Lawmakers Push For Investigation Of State Unemployment Agency

“Hall says maybe the most damaging is continued delays faced by many state residents getting unemployment assistance. It’s happening long after the state claimed the issues were handled. Hall also points to an ongoing fraud investigation where a state employee is charged with committing fraud to the tune of about 2 million dollars against the system. But even after she was charged and terminated, somehow was allowed access to her state-provided computer. Hall says additional fraud may have occurred.

The lawmakers say the agency responsible for managing unemployment benefits assistance is running into a big hole with no vision to work out of it.

"The request specifically asks Auditor General Doug Ringler to conduct a series of performance audits. Among the areas r...
08/20/2020
GOP lawmakers ask for audit of problem-ridden Michigan unemployment agency

"The request specifically asks Auditor General Doug Ringler to conduct a series of performance audits. Among the areas reviewed would be the vetting and training of new hires, computer access policies for fired employees, claims processing delays and "a lack of communication between UIA and these aggrieved clients," Hall, Nesbitt and McBroom wrote in their letter."

Three Republican lawmakers are requesting the state's auditor general investigate delays and fraud at the state's beleaguered unemployment agency.

08/20/2020
Michigan House Republicans

Michigan House Republicans

Volunteers thought they were signing up to help fight against COVID-19 in Michigan. But their personal information – including names, email addresses and phone numbers – were funneled to a campaign firm with ties to the Democrat Party.

Gov. Whitmer cancelled the no-bid contract after the sweetheart deal became public.

The people of Michigan deserve answers on how this situation unfolded, but key figures have refused to cooperate. One Whitmer senior official even refused to talk with the state Attorney General's office.

Michigan residents must be assured they have an administration that is truthful and accountable to the people. The governor must tell her staff to stop stonewalling.

"There were a number of questions DHHS Director Gordon could not answer because he was not the individual working on thi...
08/19/2020
Senator cries 'stonewalling' as Michigan HHS staffers won't testify on Dem consultant's contract

"There were a number of questions DHHS Director Gordon could not answer because he was not the individual working on this contract," said GOP Rep. Matt Hall, the Marshall Republican who chairs the committee. "We’re very disappointed they won’t come here and answer questions of this committee and we will continue to try to get them to come in.”

Two state staffers involved in the awarding of a no-bid contract to a Democratic consulting firm will not testify before the GOP-led Legislature

Many family businesses were struggling to get by during the shutdown because they were unable to generate income through...
08/18/2020
Rep. Hall plan protects small businesses from tax hikes after COVID-19 shutdowns - Mi House Repubs

Many family businesses were struggling to get by during the shutdown because they were unable to generate income through no fault of their own. Some are still unfairly closed because of the governor’s orders when they have shown they can reopen safely and responsibly. Now they are being penalized further by being forced to contribute more of their hard-earned dollars.

State Rep. Matt Hall, of Marshall, today introduced a proposal which prevents local business owners from being required to pay higher taxes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used her emergency powers to shut down their businesses.

08/17/2020
Michigan House Republicans

Michigan House Republicans

Robert Gordon, a state department senior official, was quick to take blame for allowing highly partisan Democrat operatives to get their hands on a lucrative contract to gather confidential information on the people of Michigan.

Gordon tried to take the fall, but it’s the governor who should have taken responsibility for this clear breach of trust. The partisan firm, with ties to presidential candidate Joe Biden, was secretly given the contract without a bidding process.

And in later media reports, it was revealed the governor’s executive staff knew about the contract. They even tried to conceal the firm’s partisan ties in a news release announcing the sweetheart deal.

Instead of passing the buck, the governor should have personally owned up to the mistake, done the right thing, and accepted responsibility.

From Rep. O’Malley: “The Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, which I serve on, will also examine the decisi...
08/15/2020
Opinion | Michigan has paid a terrible price for COVID-19 nursing home policies

From Rep. O’Malley: “The Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, which I serve on, will also examine the decision-making behind this policy. Over the next month, we will be holding hearings with state department officials to deliver needed accountability and integrity to the people during these unprecedented times.”

Guest Commentary: More than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in Michigan have been in long-term care facilities – which accounts for more than 30 percent of the state’s total deaths from the virus.

Fortunately we got the fixed last night after highlighting it in our hearing!
08/14/2020
Questions Building About Michigan Virus Contact Tracing

Fortunately we got the fixed last night after highlighting it in our hearing!

Personally sensitive information about an unknown number of Michigan residents is now in the hands of a Democratically connected political strategy organization. No one knows how it has or will be used. Yet.

Two observations: #1 According to last week’s Michigan Auditor General report Governor Whitmer’s Department of Health & ...
08/13/2020
State: Contact tracing volunteer data now scrubbed from Dem firm's program

Two observations: #1 According to last week’s Michigan Auditor General report Governor Whitmer’s Department of Health & Human Services was taking the position that volunteer contact information collected by the state to help with COVID-19 contact tracing was property of a Democrat party affiliated political consulting firm. Following today’s oversight committee hearing the state reports that this problem has been fixed.

#2 I was unaware that Ed Duggan the former state employee who recommended the democrat political consulting firm to DHHS also aided the same consultant in helping his employees cut in line to get their unemployment claims resolved quickly. Meanwhile hardworking Michiganders have been forced to wait week after week to receive relief. Governor Whitmer’s Unemployment Insurance Agency appears to give preferential treatment to its political allies. Joint Select Committee will be asking questions very soon on this matter. I am looking forward to seeing Director Gray again!

It's unclear whether the contact information of up to 2,000 contact tracing volunteers still is in the possession of a Democratic data management firm whose state contract was canceled

Hall said he is very concerned about contact tracing data – including people who volunteered to be contact tracers -- be...
08/13/2020
DHHS director on tracing contract: “We made a mistake”

Hall said he is very concerned about contact tracing data – including people who volunteered to be contact tracers -- being held by a firm that does political work.

“People across Michigan signed up to volunteer for this contact tracing program thinking they were helping in the fight against COVID-19, but they were instead led to a site with Democratic affiliation and their information is now in the possession of a political consulting firm that can potentially use it for political purposes”

The director of the state Department of Health and Human Services testified Thursday before a Legislative committee examining Michigan’s COVID-19 response.

Rep. O’Malley writes: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer needs to begin treating emergency management as a priority, not an afterthou...
08/09/2020
Opinion: COVID-19 shows Michigan needs better emergency management

Rep. O’Malley writes: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer needs to begin treating emergency management as a priority, not an afterthought.

Why should the person in charge of carrying out executive orders locally have to wait to hear it from the governor through a press conference on the internet, just like everybody else? They should be alerted from a command center hours earlier so they can have time to prepare.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer needs to begin treating emergency management as a priority, not an afterthought, O'Malley writes.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon will testify Thursday before the state Joint Com...
08/07/2020
Michigan health adviser tied to contact-tracing contract hasn't cooperated in probe

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon will testify Thursday before the state Joint Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic about the state's contact tracing efforts, including the contract in question.

A Michigan Department of Health and Human Services adviser wouldn't cooperate with an inquiry into a controverial canceled contact-tracing contract

08/01/2020
Michigan House Republicans

Michigan House Republicans

The unintended consequences of Gov. Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders are impacting lives.

The Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic heard this week from gymnast Savannah Miller, who feels she has lost out on collegiate scholarship opportunities because she cannot use indoor training facilities in Michigan. Our state is currently the only one in the country that hasn’t allowed club gymnastics to resume indoors in some capacity. Athletes are going across state lines into Indiana to train.

Gov. Whitmer’s administration has also failed to provide information on when and how these facilities can reopen, after receiving detailed reports from industry leaders on how it can be done safely and sensibly.

What makes Michigan’s science different than everywhere else? We deserve answers from the governor.

07/31/2020
Michigan House Republicans

Michigan House Republicans

The governor isn't looking for input from people directly impacted by her many executive orders. That's just one theme uncovered during hours of testimony in the Joint Select Committee on the COVID Pandemic.

Small-business owners throughout Michigan have tried to give the governor valuable input from their unique prospective, but it's fallen on deaf ears.

Interestingly enough, one small-business owner did testify that he finally heard back from the governor. It was the same day the committee publicly announced its agenda for their next hearing. The agenda showed that he was scheduled to testify before the committee.

“Many other states have allowed fitness and training centers to reopen. Exercise at these facilities actually help preve...
07/30/2020
Michigan Fitness Centers Suffering

“Many other states have allowed fitness and training centers to reopen. Exercise at these facilities actually help prevent heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – some of the underlying health conditions COVID-19 preys on. Swimming lessons for children prevent drowning deaths.”

Marshall area Republican State Representative Matt Hall says Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer is purposely leaving many small business owners in the dark.

But state Rep. Matt Hall, the Marshall Republican who chairs the coronavirus oversight committee, argued that “biases” i...
07/29/2020
Michigan gym owners: Keeping us closed amid COVID harms public health

But state Rep. Matt Hall, the Marshall Republican who chairs the coronavirus oversight committee, argued that “biases” in the Whitmer administration have slowed the reopening of gyms even though the facilities could, as he put it, “help people reduce the serious health outcomes of covid-19 by being in shape.”

Michigan was fat to begin with. And gym owners argue continued closures will only exacerbate underlying conditions like obesity that can make COVID-19 more deadly.

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Still fighting with MiWam on behalf of my young adult children - nothing received since this started - not even the $600 CARES Act - all certifications - denied...how are these young adults supposed to pay bills?
Our 16 lanes bowling center in Marshall, Michigan has been shut down since mid March. Our tax payments to the State of Michigan, including 941 and UIA and other Payroll taxes have amounted to around $31 total. We have, however, had $500.00 deducted from our Keno account despite not having sold one Keno ticket since March 13. Our employees have been existing on unemployment. Our utility, rent, insurance payments have not ended and have not been reduced. We cannot sustain our business on take out as we only have a small service kitchen. Mid September means a huge property tax payment to our local government. We need to open our business in August to prepare for our fall/winter season. If we do not open for the fall season, our loyal and loving customers will either drive the 40 miles to Indiana or stop bowling altogether. We are a vital part of our community and provide not only recreation, but teaching, fundraising and social stimulation for our residents. We support and fund high school bowling. We lost the last quarter of our income generating season. The PPL loan will not sustain our needs. We are struggling the get the EIDL loan approved. I urge you to advocate for the opening of bowling in lower Michigan. We are ready. Our customers are ready. Please help us.
Once again the governor is over stepping her authority with another Executive Order that she claims to be law!!!
Excellent job OTR Intelligent & Sensitive answers. Lawyer-42 yrs. & Rep.-6yrs.
Just so we understand this part of your circus, first you want to sue Whitmer because you claimed she was OVERREACHING in her restrictions......and now you're insisting on nursing home records because you claim she wasn't restrictive ENOUGH. What a bunch of idiots.
Here's a question for you. Yesterday I received a ballot application for my father in law. He's been deceased for 22 years. What is going on?
WHY AREN’T YOU PEOPLE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS STATE OF EMERGENCY BY WHITMER!?!!?!?
When is the next hearing and is it open to the public?
Matt Hall _ NO TO ABORTION Bill By WHITLER .. 100 % NO
As a State we need to re-visit MCL 10.31(1) --- because NO ONE PERSON.. should ever have total Control AGAIN !!
This violation of our rights by Whitmer, her disregard for legislation in place, manipulation of a 1945 law must stop. Now we’re locked up until May 28th. This is pure insanity on Whitmer’s part. Please do something!!