Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron – chair of the House Appropriations Committee – today issued a statement after Gov. Whitmer signed supplemental budget measures to support Michigan’s fight against coronavirus. The measures add $150 million in state funding to battle COVID-19, which will be used along with federal funding to continue boosting Michigan’s response:
“This virus is challenging our nation and our state in many ways, but I know that by working together we will rise to the challenge and win this fight. These budget measures are an important step in this process and will get help to people and communities in need across Michigan.
“These measures support our health care workers – the brave men and women risking their own health to help our families and friends – with more testing equipment, protective gear and other resources. The plan has built-in oversight and accountability measures to ensure the money goes where it should and is spent in Michigan’s best interests.
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“Finally, as part of a bipartisan agreement, these budget measures no longer contain many spending items unrelated to Michigan’s coronavirus response. This reflects the fundamental reality that state government must be focused on lessening the spread of COVID-19 while also preparing for budget pressures caused by a temporary economic slowdown. State government must prioritize fighting COVID-19 while making tough budget decisions just like Michigan families and businesses are doing every day.”