Shane Hernandez

Shirkey has no plans to address PFAS-laden green ooze with legislation

BY: - January 17, 2020

The same morning that a state House committee heard updates on the ongoing “green ooze” toxic waste cleanup in Madison Heights, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) told reporters he is in no rush to take action on the issue. “Not anticipating taking any action at this time,” Shirkey said in a response to a […]

Whitmer, Republicans reach supplemental budget deal

BY: and - December 10, 2019

As the Legislature’s action draws to a close this year, both chambers made moves Tuesday to finalize a long-awaited post-budget deal reached between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders that restores $573.5 million in cuts. The state’s new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, but the budget has been in a partial state of flux. […]

No progress on post-budget fight, as Republicans pop bills to curb Whitmer’s power

BY: - October 30, 2019

The war of words, letters and legislation continues to heat up as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP legislative leaders volley back and forth on negotiating supplemental budgets.   For her part, Whitmer sent a letter on Tuesday to state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) expressing a desire to further […]

Shane Hernandez launches congressional bid to replace retiring Mitchell

BY: - October 10, 2019

State Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) announced Thursday morning that he’s running for the U.S. House in the 10th District, encompassing much of northern Macomb County and the Thumb area.  The seat is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) after just his second term in Congress. Mitchell has decried the current state of […]

Another Michigan budget standoff dawns

BY: and - September 11, 2019

Budget talks between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative Republicans again broke down on Thursday night.  While the statements from all parties offer a fair bit of political posturing, they also cast a clear light on the opposing viewpoints, with Whitmer calling for new funding sources for roads vs. GOP calls to move around existing General […]

Republican leaders move ahead on budget without Whitmer

BY: - September 6, 2019

Updated: 9/6/19 at 1:33 with comments from Whitmer’s office Republicans leaders in the Michigan Legislature said Friday they plan to move ahead with their own budget proposals next week, without consensus from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  The Republican leadership has flatly resisted Whitmer’s calls for a 45-cent gas tax increase to raise $2.5 billion for […]