Michigan Officials Siphoned Virus Money For Bonuses

Michigan Officials Siphoned Virus Money For Bonuses
The billions of dollars that have been sent to state and local governments via the COVID aid packages have been spent on a lot of different things and I'm sure there's examples where we can find literally millions of dollars that we quibble over whether it was the best use of that money. But in some cases, it is not up for debate. And so we're gonna go very local. We're gonna go to the members of the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners who agreed to share a windfall in federal COVID relief funds with employees last week. That sounds good initially. What they didn't tell the public was that top level administrators for the county would receive far bigger payments up to $25,000 each. Then the frontline workers who were directly exposed to coronavirus as they cleaned the buildings and provided vaccines to residents. So how did this function? What's the difference of the payments? Well records obtained by M live the Flint Journal show top level administrators in the county received twenty-five K each while uh the department heads each received half twelve and a half thousand dollars. Minute management officials received $5,000 each while chief deputies, health department employees, and attorneys received twenty-five hundred. So, health department employees or to my mind, like the people who are actually fighting the pandemic, received one tenth what top-level administrators got. So, the cleaning staff, again, those are the people who are literally dealing with trying to stop like, especially early on when we thought it was mostly transferred via touch. They got other employees got 1,000 which is almost offensive at that point but uh yeah, even the chairman of the county board of commissioners got $25,000 and all of this is bad Brett uh uh Brett and I and I want your thoughts but uh I had an immediate question as soon as Sophie was telling me these numbers and it was 25 thousand dollars. Wait, this is like a board of commissioners. How much could they possibly get paid? They get paid about $10,000 a year. So, it was a bonus. It was two and a half times their pay for the year. What do you think? And most of the people on the list got more in bonuses than you got in stimulus. Oh yeah. Oh that's what's frustrating. $25,000 a year. It's it's exactly the worst thing it does it plays into narratives of government ways. The. And corrupt. Yeah. And the other thing it does is play into the concepts of corruption. So people are taking this money and giving it to themselves and these stories pop up all the time and you know certain A lot of the ones that are for businesses sometimes shake out okay because I think that there are people who are employed through these PPP loans that went to some pretty weird businesses but then you think about I always remember how much it cost to like actually run something like that and who you're employing along the way. So I try to keep that in my mind as I you know also hear echoing like corporations are evil. But like dude at least those are are going to employ people. This is, hey, I'm just gonna give myself the money cuz I'm in charge of how much money goes to people. And that's horrifying and that's everyone's worst fear and everyone has it bad enough without these like very obvious bits of corruption. 100 percent. Um yeah and some people say that they were surprised when they got the money. Okay, maybe. Uh Commissioner Cindy Garber, she was honest. She says, I think I earned it. It was rough year. Um everybody earned something. We'll we'll let the voters decide I guess. I think I earned a gajillion dollars. It's true. Uh but two two things. Here's surprising facts for you. How much you think the sheriff got? The full twenty-five K. And uh we haven't said these are Democrats or Republicans. Apparently, they're all Republicans. Although I wouldn't ask Democrats to engage in the same sort of uh uh corruption. At least corruption. But anyway, that was funny that time. Thank you. Yeah, at least out.

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