Hernandez Continues to Work for Better Roads
LANSING – State Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron), chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, and his colleagues on the committee advanced a transportation budget that continues to shift existing funding away from administrative and planning programs and puts more money into fixing Michigan roads.
“I take my role as Chairman very seriously,” said Hernandez. “Our citizens are taxed enough. It’s our job as elected officials to do a better job of spending taxpayer’s money.”
The budget passed out of subcommittee represents the third year of five funding increases planned to phase in the road funding package passed in 2015. Despite these additional funds, Representative Hernandez is focused on finding efficiencies to further increase road funding without raising taxes. Cuts in funding for department positions that have long gone unfilled, further scrutiny of spending on state owned airplanes, and using ‘toll credits’ that have been accumulated over time to draw down federal matching funds are a few of the ways additional dollars are directed toward infrastructure improvements in this budget.
Not only does the budget increase funding for roads, but it also contains language meant to increase transparency in future road projects.
“Citizens have the right to know how their money is being spent and the legislature has the duty to oversee every dollar spent as if it was our own,” stated Hernandez “We live in an internet age, and it is now easier than ever to find information. Government should be no different.”
In addition to his own sub-committee work on the transportation budget, Representative Hernandez fought hard to ensure that the $175 million boost to transportation funding that Governor Snyder signed this week was done during the current fiscal year as opposed to waiting for current budget negotiations to conclude.
“The number one concern I hear over and over from people in my district is that Michigan must finally figure out a way to improve our roads, and I couldn’t agree more” Hernandez continued. “I want to thank the Governor, and all the members of both the House and Senate for working together in order to get this done.”
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