LANSING, Mich., Jan. 27, 2023 — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the State of the State address on Wednesday night before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Lansing. In the speech, the governor discussed her legislative agenda for the new term, which includes bolstering the economy, increasing public safety, lowering costs for families, protecting fundamental rights, supporting Michigan workers, investing in early childhood education, and attracting talent to Michigan. 

 “Gov. Whitmer is working to ensure that every Michigander can live free from discrimination and infringements on their freedom to control their own bodies,” said state Rep. Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield). “She sees a brighter future for Michigan through forward-looking investments in green manufacturing and climate-resilient infrastructure. Finally, she is staunch in her efforts to reduce inflation and put money back in residents’ pockets. I can’t wait to continue to work with her and my colleagues in the Legislature to address these key issues.”

Gov. Whitmer also discussed the success of Operation Safe Neighborhoods, an executive program created to take illegal firearms off the street. She encouraged the Legislature to take greater action to reduce gun violence in our communities, calling for the enactment of universal background checks and safe storage laws.

“I wholeheartedly applaud Gov. Whitmer’s leadership on this issue, and I was honored to be recognized in her speech for my work to end gun violence in Michigan,” Brabec said. “I look forward to working together with my colleagues and the governor to pass common-sense gun policies that keep our children, families, and educators safe. These true Michigan values should not be underestimated — we will deliver on our promises.”