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Whitmer pushes ‘kitchen table issues’ in State of the State speech

Whitmer pushes ‘kitchen table issues’ in State of the State speech

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that she planned to propose a big increase in state education funding and strongly discouraged remote learning for K-12 students during her fourth State of the State address. 

The 26-minute address from the Detroit Diesel manufacturing facility in Redford Township focused largely on job incentives, tax cuts and the economy, acknowledging that many Michigan residents are “bearing the brunt of inflation” and a slow recovery from pandemic uncertainty.

The first-term Democratic governor touted Tuesday’s announcement that General Motors Co. would be investing $7 billion in electric vehicle battery manufacturing facilities in Lansing and Orion Township — a move that countered beliefs that Michigan didn’t have the tools or bipartisan cooperation to compete with other states.

“Yesterday, the world saw what we can accomplish together,” Whitmer said. “Democrats, Republicans, businesses, utilities, and labor joined forces to equip Michigan with solid economic tools to attract big projects and create thousands of jobs.”