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News Brief: Forlini Calls for Increased Oversight of Michigan Works

State Rep. Anthony Forlini calls for end of "lavish" spending by Michigan Works employees.

State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, called for increased oversight of the Michigan Works Agencies after an audit found the state spent thousands of dollars on perks.

Forlini sent a letter outlining some of the abuses to the Bureau of Workforce Transformation and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, citing a recent audit from the Office of the Auditor General. The Auditor General is charged with reviewing state departments and programs for efficiency and compliance.

The audit found the employment agency spent money on:

  • $15,416 for college expenses incurred by staff.
  • $9,873 for meals at a weekend retreat ($8,013 above authorized rates).
  • $8,265 for lodging at a weekend retreat ($3,760 above authorized rates).
  • Membership dues at the Country Club of Lansing.
  • Monthly massages for administrative staff.
  • Payments to employees for unused sick days, contrary to state employee policy.

"Even though Michigan's economy is rebounding, taxpayers do not expect to pay for benefits like monthly massages for state employees," Forlini said in a release. "Our goal must always be efficient and transparent government. There is no room for wasteful spending."

Ted Lee Sadler August 04, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Appalled and Assured - As a taxpayer I am appalled that some of my state employees are enjoying massages on my tab. As a former chairman of the Thumb-Area Michigan Works board I am assured by my own experience that most folks working for the state are serious and sincere. Thank you for revealing a problem needing correction and offering a solution as well. Ted Lee Sadler
M F Chwalebny August 04, 2011 at 10:47 PM
After voting to raise taxes on pensioners, and the working poor and us in the "middle class" in the state, I would like to see the Representative get together with his fellow Repubs and the Governor, and address the fact that the legislature in Michigan is the SECOND HIGHEST PAID IN THE COUNTRY (2009 Figures). Yes, I know beating up on teachers, unions and social program recipients are the best way to whip your voter base up. But some of us aren't falling for it. You've demanded sacrafice from us, time to share the pain.

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