Lawmaker focused on creating a better Michigan for all

Byrnes SOTS

State Rep. Erin Byrnes (center) (D-Dearborn) was joined by Dearborn Heights City Clerk Lynne Senia (right) and Deaborn President Pro Tem Leslie Herrick at the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024.

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 24, 2024 — Before a joint legislative session today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered this year’s State of the State address. In her speech, the governor discussed her agenda for the new term, which includes lowering costs for Michiganders, expanding educational opportunities and strengthening the state’s economy. State Rep. Erin Byrnes (D-Dearborn) issued the following statement on Whitmer’s address:

“Today’s address spoke to many top priorities that I share. Education is at the top of my agenda. By moving towards making pre-k through two years of community college free for every Michigander, we are setting our young people up for success. This is in line with how we have been lowering costs for Michiganders so that Michiganders can thrive and be successful. We are ensuring that everyone is able to ‘Make it in Michigan.’”

Since gaining control of the House, Senate and governor’s office last year, Michigan Democrats have laid a strong foundation for our state by putting people first. The fundamental building blocks include repealing the retirement tax, increasing the working families tax credit (EITC), funding free breakfast and lunch for public school kids, ensuring better access to reproductive health care, improving public safety and so much more. With efforts including lowering prescription costs, bolstering our economy, and ensuring Michigan is a healthy and desirable state to live and work in, House Dems will continue to work, hammer and nail, for the brightest future for all Michiganders.