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 pre-K for all and making two-year community college available for all who want to attend. State Rep. Jaime Churches (D-Wyandotte) issued the following statement on Whitmer’s address:

“We’re working toward providing accessible education to all Michiganders. I was glad to hear that the governor is making pre-K for all a key priority for this year’s budget. This will benefit both parents and children. In addition to this, connecting students with higher education opportunities will expand career development and workforce opportunities.”

Over the last year, lawmakers have laid a foundation for Michigan by putting people first. The fundamental building blocks include repealing the retirement tax, increasing the working families tax credit (EITC), funding meals for school kids, 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—work will continue for the brightest future for all Michiganders.