Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers State of the State address

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 11:23 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WNDU) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her fifth State of The State address on Wednesday night.

It was the first time since 2020 that Whitmer delivered her address in the House Chamber.

During the address, Whitmer laid out her plans to tackle the challenges residents are facing right now. She wants to lower costs, make Michigan more competitive, expand opportunity, and protect fundamental rights.

“The #1 issue for folks trying to make ends meet costs. Michiganders at home: I know how hard you work,” Gov. Whitmer said.

The governor says she wants to repeal the pension tax, expand the working families tax credit and expand preschool to all 4-year-olds in the state.

Whitmer’s priorities didn’t come as a surprise for Republicans. Senate Minority Leader Aric Nesbit says he wants to see the relief happen now, instead of waiting. But he also wants to see more details abut some plans before committing to them.

“I’d like to see some transparency and some openness as for knowing what’s actually in the bill. It’s not the old Nancy Pelosi to pass it to see what’s actually in it. I think we need to read these things and see what’s actually in it,” Nesbit said.

Nesbit says he’d like to see these economic issues addressed before things like gun reform and climate issues Whitmer also addressed.

You can watch Whitmer’s address in its entirety by clicking here.