“The challenges our state faced throughout the past year have been immense, but even in our darkest days, we’ve been reminded of how much light is in each of us and how bright our future can be when we join together to overcome whatever obstacles are in our pathway forward. I’m proud to have been part of the bipartisan package that created the MI Reconnect Program last year, which will prove to be one of our greatest strengths in addressing economic opportunity while leveling the playing field of higher education and skills training for Michiganders everywhere.

“The promise of opportunity is what makes Michigan such an incredible state to call home, and when we work together, we’ve proven we can achieve anything we set our minds to. I applaud the governor for recognizing the importance of this mindset, and call on my colleagues in the Legislature to rise to the challenges posed before us in the year ahead.”