“Let’s get to work. Let’s move some dirt.” -Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Governor Whitmer's State of the State address on January 29th, 2020 was one of the shortest in recent memory, but it certainly was not short on content. Her speech focused primarily on access to affordable healthcare, jobs, education, and fixing Michigan's roads. She noted that she will followup on a variety of topics, including critical issues like drinking water and climate change, throughout the year. Along those lines, she did mention the creation of the Environmental Justice Advisory Council and the naming of the first Clean Water Public Advocate. A little more on these can be found in previous blogs, 21 Individuals Appointed to the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice and Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Order Announcing Dept. Of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and the Oil and Gas will soon feature a more in-depth piece on the advisory council and environmental justice.
Below you will find links to the full State of the State address in addition to fact sheets from the Governor's office on the topics discussed in her speech. The Fact Sheet: Rebuilding Michigan highlights the Governor's $3.5 billion road bonding plan to fix major state highways (The type of bonds issued would not be available for lesser highways or local roads).
The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association applauded Whitmer for immediate revenue for roads, but said it’s not a long-term solution.
“Even with the proposed bonding solution, the debate around a significant long-term investment cannot be delayed any longer,” said Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the association. “We look forward to working with the Legislature and getting to work on fixing Michigan’s roads.”
See more reactions to the State of the State in the Detroit Free Press.
- Fact Sheet: Helping Families Navigate The State-mandated Third Grade Retention Law
- Fact Sheet: Expanding Access To Child Care
- Fact Sheet: Healthy Moms Healthy Babies
- Fact Sheet: Expanding Postsecondary Education
- Fact Sheet: Protecting Health Care
- Fact Sheet: Rebuilding Michigan
- Fact Sheet: Prescription Drug Task Force