State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today said he is pleased of the progress made so far this legislative session on the issues most important to the people of Sanilac and St. Clair counties, however he cautions that there is still much work left to do.
“When I meet with residents in our district what I hear time and time again is that people want less government regulation and they want the government to live within its means,” Hernandez said. “Just like families across Michigan are tightening their belts, my goal as a member of the Appropriations Committee is to cut inefficient programs and eliminate waste in state government. I’m proud to say we have made significant progress in accomplishing that goal.”
Hernandez noted that overall growth in spending for next year’s budget does not exceed the rate of inflation.
“While the budget restricts the growth of government, we still managed to fund schools at the highest level in state history,” Hernandez said. “We also provided a record amount of funding to fix our state’s crumbling roads and bridges.”
Hernandez also noted that he supported House Bill 4608, which eliminated an unnecessary government regulation requiring painters and decorators to obtain a license to work on residential properties in Michigan.
“This is a pointless rule that hinders job growth and does nothing to protect the public,” the first-term representative said. “Eliminating this licensing requirement opens up more job opportunities for people with the talent to paint and decorate homes in Michigan.”
Another priority, increasing government transparency, was addressed when the House voted in March to expand open record disclosure rules to the governor’s office at state legislators.
“I hold a strong belief that residents deserve more transparency from their elected officials,” Hernandez said. “Michigan is one of a few states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature from sunshine laws. It’s time we remove these exemptions and help improve government accountability.”
While the House has accomplished many goals in the first six months of the 2017-18 legislative session, Hernandez said he continues to work hard on behalf of people in Sanilac and St. Clair counties.
“We’ve come a long way, but there are still a lot of issues that we can address to continue to improve the quality of life for Michigan families,” Hernandez said. “I encourage residents to contact my office if they have any ideas or concerns they would like to discuss.”
Rep. Hernandez’s office can be reached by calling (517) 373-0835 or emailing ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov.