Michigan Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer | Michigan.gov
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address focused on health care, education, jobs and roads.
Whitmer challenged legislators to focus on protecting citizens who have preexisting health conditions, reproductive options for women and lowering prescription drug costs.
With an eye on education, Whitmer said she’d address the Third Grade Reading law signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder. She described the law as having "punitive" aspects.
Whitmer also spoke about jobs and pointed out that almost 11,000 new auto-industry jobs have been announced since she’s taken office, claiming five times higher job creation than in the previous year.
Repairing the roads, which have long been a source of frustration for Michigan residents, was Whitmer’s main campaign promise. She said during the State of the State that she would do without an increased gas tax to address the roads.
"The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to fix them," Whitmer said. "That’s why I’m taking action now to fix the damn roads and keep Michiganders safe. My Rebuild Michigan plan will ensure we start moving dirt this spring and save us money in the long run."