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: 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…