Chair Hernandez: Michigan income tax filing deadline is delayed until July 15

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today issued a statement after Gov. Whitmer extended the state’s income tax filing deadline to July 15, mirroring a recent change at the federal level. The order also extends filing deadlines for city income taxes to July. Earlier this week, Hernandez called for…

House Appropriations Chair Hernandez: Governor needs to get priorities in line

Michigan House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez today issued the following statement after it was revealed Governor Whitmer has not yet asked the federal government for a disaster declaration or signed the $125 million coronavirus spending bill that’s been sitting on her desk since last week: “This is exactly why you don’t play politics during a…

House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez focuses on roads, education, Great Lakes – without raising taxes

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – issued the following statement today after the Whitmer administration’s budget presentation: “The executive recommendation for the state budget renews the conversation with the governor about Michigan priorities such as improving roads, educating our children and protecting our Great Lakes. We will have disagreements,…

Chair Hernandez: Task force report will help state government address information technology inefficiencies, cost overruns

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today received a special legislative report that will help prevent cost overruns and inefficiencies plaguing state information technology projects. The bipartisan Information Technology Task Force – appointed by Hernandez last summer – already has sparked an Auditor General review, and future legislation is…

Rep. Hernandez remains ‘hopeful’ ahead of governor’s budget proposal

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – issued the following statement today on Gov. Whitmer’s upcoming budget presentation: “I’m hopeful that the governor is going to present a realistic balanced budget to the Legislature later this week,” Hernandez said. “I look forward to working with the governor’s office to find…

Rep. Hernandez: Canadian firm backs off nuclear waste storage site, but we must remain vigilant to protect Great Lakes

State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron issued the following statement after Ontario Power Generation said it is no longer considering an underground storage facility for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste near Lake Huron, and will consider alternatives. Hernandez co-sponsors a concurrent resolution in the Michigan Legislature calling on Congress to prevent Canada and Ontario…

Chair Hernandez: State environmental authorities continue to botch communication with ‘green ooze’ response

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today said state environmental officials are not properly communicating with Sanilac County emergency response officials and residents about their work near property connected by ownership with the ‘green ooze’ situation in metro Detroit. Hernandez said the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy recently took well water samples near…

Chair Hernandez demands better communication when the state responds to environmental, health threats

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today demanded better communication and collaboration when the state responds to environmental contamination threats. Hernandez led a committee hearing to review how the state responded and communicated with local governments and legislators related to Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights and…

House Appropriations Committee schedules hearing into I-696/Madison Heights contamination, Detroit and Sanilac County response

WHAT: House Appropriations Committee hearing exploring state response and communication related to contamination near I-696 in Madison Heights and ownership-connected property in Sanilac County and Detroit.   WHO:   House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron, with several state and local officials invited to testify including Department of Environment, Great Lakes…