21Mar Hernandez Continues to Work for Better Roads Categories: Hernandez News 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.”###
Categories: Kahle News 22Jun Rep. Kahle proposes additional funds to bolster PFAS cleanup efforts State Rep. Bronna Kahle, of Adrian, this week announced a plan that would provide the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) much needed resources to better understand and track PFAS contaminated groundwater. The plan is part of a larger, bipartisan reform package addressing the safety and security of Michigan’s drinking water supply and recreational waterways. Kahle’s proposal would set aside $3 million annually to fund a geological survey that would help the state’s PFAS action response team.“Ensuring a clean, safe drinking water supply is a top priority – from the lakefront to the faucet and everywhere in between,” said Kahle. “Everyone in Lenawee and across the state deserves the peace of mind to know that our Michigan water is safe. I remain committed to protecting our families and neighbors by identifying sources of contamination, overseeing cleanup efforts, and finding long-term solutions to protect our water.”In addition to Kahle’s legislation, House Bill 4745, the package includes House Bills 4742-4769. The 14-bill reform proposal reforms water quality across the board: from improving municipal safeguards and oversight to tightening up environmental protection and conservation.Ensuring safe drinking water remains a top concern for families across Michigan, especially following the discovery of lead service lines in communities across our state and the detection of PFAS contamination at more than 1,100 sites, Kahle said.HB 4769 has been referred to House Committee on Appropriations for further consideration.
Digital UK has put its support behind broadcast regulator Ofcom’s plans to make better use of the ‘white space’ spectrum, but warned that appropriate measures should be taken “to protect terrestrial television services from interference.”In a response to Ofcom’s TV white space consultation, Digital UK’s joint submission – which represents the views of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva – backed “the principle of developing white space devices and Ofcom’s plans to explore ways of making more efficient use of spectrum.”“If deployed effectively, this area of innovation is expected to offer significant benefits for consumers, the broadcast industry and wider stakeholders. Potential applications identified by Ofcom include WiFi hotspots, rural broadband and machine-to-machine communications,” said Digital UK.However, the not-for profit organisation called on Ofcom to make sure that DTT services remained interference-free, adding that it was specifically concerned about “the impact on viewers using indoor aerials and the uncertainty caused by potential future changes in the amount of spectrum allocated to terrestrial television.”Digital UK manages strategy and policy for digital terrestrial television in the UK and led the successful implementation of digital TV switchover from 2008-2012. Ofcom is currently planning its pilot of innovative white space technology in the UK, which it claims is among the first of its kind in Europe.
Online video specialist Saffron Digital is to use the IBC show to launch Superfan TV, an OTT channel platform that connects talent, brands and broadcasters directly to their fan bases, according to the company.Based on Saffron Digital’s MainStage platform, Superfan TV is described by the company as an ‘out of the box’ OTT subscription channel which combines customer relationship management and social technology with Saffron Digital’s premium OTT platform. It is designed to enable talent and content owners to launch direct-to-consumer OTT channels that feature on demand and live video, value-added content and community engagement across smartphones, tablets and web.A debut service, The Paula Deen Network, featuring US chef Paula Deen, is set to launch on iOS, Android and web in late September.We are seeing a lot of top talent and brands disrupting the market with OTT offerings that increase their direct engagement with their fans. With that in mind we have created a product that lets them quickly and cost-effectively launch a premium video channel where they can give their fans exclusive content and convert those fans into paying subscribers. The Paula Deen Network has already attracted a lot of interest so we’re really excited about the potential when it launches in September,” said Jason Keane, Saffron Digital’s CEO.
Swedish cable operator Com Hem has struck an agreement with local network operator Stadsnät i Svealand AB that will see it distribute its services, including the TiVo advanced TV platform, to Stadsnät i Svealand customers.Stadsnät i Svealand delivers services to about 50,000 homes in the Mälardalen region in eastern central Sweden – specifically in the cities of Västerås, Eskilstuna, Hallstahammar and Arboga – the second largest urban area in the country after the capital, Stockholm.Stadsnät i Svealand AB sales and marketing chief Niklas Dennerås said the operator was pleased and proud to offer Com Hem services to its subscribers as one of the service providers available on the network.