Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlining her agenda last night.
Written by Jesse Baroka on January 26, 2023
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlined an agenda last night that will prioritize enacting stricter gun laws, repealing outdated laws that restrict abortion and who one can marry and providing pre-K education for all 4-year-olds in the state. Whitmer presented her agenda in her fifth State of the State speech, which is her first since winning reelection. Her plan could become a reality with Democrats in full control of the state government for the first time in decades. Addressing the full Legislature in the House chamber, Whitmer pledged to continue fighting for “strong protections for our fundamental rights,” which comes after voters passed proposals to expand voting and protect the right to abortion in the state’s constitution. The State of the State speech was one of the first times Whitmer has been able to summarize specific legislation for the upcoming year, and Republicans criticized the governor for not outlining a broader plan to help Michigan residents in anticipation of the speech. Michigan’s budget surplus is projected to reach $9.2 billion by next fall, with $4.1 billion in the school aid fund.