Budget chairmen call on Whitmer to issue new FY21 budget plan, expedite discussions balancing budget deficit

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Shane Hernandez on Friday called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to issue a new executive budget recommendation for fiscal year 2021 and to sit down with legislative leaders to begin state spending reductions immediately to balance the current state budget. “The combination of coronavirus and…

Rep. Hernandez asks special legislative committee to investigate COVID-19 contracts awarded to Democratic campaign operatives

Rep. Shane Hernandez today requested that a special legislative committee help ‘get to the truth’ of the Whitmer administration’s awarding of COVID-19 contracts to Democratic campaign operatives. Hernandez, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, referred documentation he gathered in the case to the new Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hernandez said he has…

Legislature Takes Action to Demand Collaborative Response to COVID-19

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today voted for a plan to end the governor’s unilateral control during the COVID-19 response and restore the balance of powers between the branches of Michigan’s state government. Hernandez said he and other members of the Legislature have heard countless complaints about many of the governor’s decisions in the…

Legislators: Governor needs a new map for reopening Michigan’s economy

Initial plan from advisory group places St. Clair, Lapeer counties in Detroit region A group of Michigan House members today said the governor should revise an initial COVID-19 economic reopening map that places St. Clair and Lapeer counties in the Metro Detroit region. Reps. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron, Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township, Gary…

Chair Hernandez: State employee layoffs an ‘unfortunate but necessary’ step; says the unemployment filing system needs to ‘work for everyone’ both inside and outside of government

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – said today’s announcement of upcoming temporary state employee layoffs is “unfortunate but necessary” because of budget pressures from the COVID-19 shutdown. Hernandez also said he is disappointed to hear that special accommodations might be made for state workers needing to…

Chair Hernandez Issues Statement After Governor Pulls Plug on Contract with Partisan Political Software Vendor

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – this evening issued the following statement: “While I’m pleased that the Governor apparently saw the error in her ways after it became public that her administration was working with partisan political contractors to gather personal and sensitive information about Michigan…

Chair Hernandez: COVID-19 does not stop Legislature from providing important oversight of state government

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today reaffirmed the Legislature’s oversight role of state government during the COVID-19 shutdown. Following Senate Appropriations Chair Jim Stamas’ call earlier this week for layoffs of non-essential state employees, Hernandez sent letters to state department heads seeking information about how…

Rep. Hernandez: Governor fails to show way forward in COVID-19 response

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today issued a statement on Gov. Whitmer’s extended and expanded ‘stay home’ order related to COVID-19. The governor’s order places more restrictions on stores and other jobs while extending the ‘stay-at-home’ order until April 30: “Our primary mission continues to…

Rep. Hernandez joins Michigan Legislature to extend COVID-19 state of emergency through April 30; says more answers are needed

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today joined his colleagues to reject Gov. Whitmer’s attempts to hold on to emergency powers through mid-June, instead extending Michigan’s COVID-19 state of emergency through April 30. Hernandez noted the Legislature’s extension date coincides with President Trump’s date for maintaining social distancing guidelines nationwide. “The people of Michigan deserve…

Rep. Hernandez: Governor must fix failing unemployment benefits filing system so Michigan residents can get the help they need during coronavirus crisis

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today called on Gov. Whitmer to focus more attention on fixing an unemployment benefits filing system that is failing Michigan residents in their time of need. “Hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents have lost their jobs in recent weeks due to the governor’s…

Chair Hernandez: Plan to help Michigan fight coronavirus signed into state law

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron – chair of the House Appropriations Committee – today issued a statement after Gov. Whitmer signed supplemental budget measures to support Michigan’s fight against coronavirus. The measures add $150 million in state funding to battle COVID-19, which will be used along with federal funding to continue boosting Michigan’s response:…