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 pandemic. Priorities get muddled and mistakes get made. Michigan’s hospitals are filling, doctors and nurses can’t find medical equipment and our local residents are going without crucial tests. But in all the time Gov. Whitmer was on national television over the past week attacking President Trump for not sending funding, she apparently never found a few minutes to actually put in the request or sign the bill. We have to do better than this. People are counting on us.
“Gov. Whitmer needs to get her priorities in line and take care of our sick people here at home before she tries to capitalize on this virus for national attention. Mistakes like this cost lives. Her entire political future isn’t worth a single one of them.”
Speaking on the House floor on Thursday in his farewell speech to the Michigan House, Rep. Hernandez, the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, called for a renewed emphasis on protecting future taxpayer dollars.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Shane Hernandez and State Budget Director Chris Kolb on Monday announced they have reached agreement on the spending parameters for the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget.
Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today led legislative approval of a new state budget overcoming the financial challenges posed by COVID-19.