Budget leaders agree to details of plan to balance FY 2020 state budget

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez and State Budget Director Chris Kolb on Tuesday announced they have reached an agreement on the details of a plan to balance the fiscal year 2020 state budget. “Every budget is a statement of priorities,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “In the face…

Chair Hernandez issues statement on budget

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – tonight issued a statement after legislative leaders and the governor’s administration reached an agreement regarding the current fiscal year: “I am encouraged by this positive step toward resolving our state budget challenges for the current fiscal year. “We are not sitting back and…

Chair Hernandez leads Michigan House approval of COVID-19 relief for front-line workers, small businesses and families

The Michigan House, led by Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez, today approved federal funding to help the state bounce back from COVID-19. The $880 million included in the measure will assist small businesses restarting after the COVID-19 shutdown and provide relief for front-line workers. The legislation also supports families across the state – from food banks…

COVID-19: Chair Hernandez leads Appropriations Committee support for Michigan’s front-line workers, small businesses and the unemployed

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today led the panel’s approval of federal funding to help the state rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. The support will help Michigan residents get the unemployment benefits they are counting on, assist small businesses restarting after the COVID-19 shutdown, and provide relief for…

Budget chairmen urge Whitmer to share details on balancing deficit

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Shane Hernandez on Thursday called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to begin working with legislative leaders to balance the current state budget. “The presence of COVID-19 in Michigan and the governor’s stay-at-home order have had a dramatic negative impact on revenues for our current budget…

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…