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 waiting for the federal government to bail out state governments with an additional new spending plan – because that isn’t a plan at all. We instead are working with resources that already are available, while also making tough decisions that are necessary in unprecedented times like these.
“There will be difficult decisions ahead to balance the budget under the uniquely challenging circumstances forced by COVID-19 and the governor’s related actions. But we will fight to protect funding for K-12 students and their schools, as well as the local governments that provide invaluable services to our communities.”
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.