Rep. Jason Sheppard, of Temperance, today responded to comments made today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on reaching a turning point in budget negotiations:
“Let’s be clear about who was the ‘adult in the room’ and who was heading toward a shutdown. It was not the Legislature who asked departments last month to begin planning for a shutdown, it was the governor’s office. Perhaps when the governor said that some lawmakers were interested in a shutdown, she forgot she and Mr. Kolb don’t serve in the Legislature anymore.
“We put solution after solution on the negotiating table and all we got from the governor’s office was more inflammatory public statements and press conferences. I’m glad the governor has decided to stop stomping her feet and start working with the Legislature. It feels great to welcome another adult into the ongoing work to assemble a state budget.”
Over the weekend, the governor agreed to agreed not to arbitrarily tie a road repair plan to approving a state budget. The Legislature made moves last week to proceed with plans to approve a new state budget investing record-high amounts in roads and schools without tax increases.
The Legislature has scheduled budget conference committee meetings for this week. Legislators from the House and Senate will meet jointly in these committees to agree on department-level plans, a key step in the process of finalizing a new budget ahead of the Oct. 1 constitutional deadline.
State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today paid tribute to a late Monroe Township firefighter during the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.
The plan will allow school districts to work with local health experts and determine the best course of action for students, teachers and families in their communities. In-person attendance is not required at any grade level, but it’s strongly encouraged for grades K-5 when it can be done safely.
Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today said that a safe, complete reopening of Michigan’s economy is necessary to preserve funding for schools and other essential public services over the long term.
State Rep. Jason Sheppard today said the executive orders issued by the governor on Wednesday placing greater restrictions on Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula lack logic and are inconsistent with the COVID-19 data being reported. Sheppard, of Temperance, said the orders limit indoor gatherings to 10 people and shut down indoor bar service in […]