LANSING, Mich., Jan. 25, 2023 — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the State of the State address tonight 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. State Rep. Betsy Coffia (D-Traverse City) invited guests Yarrow Brown, the executive director of Housing North, and James Walker, a nurse at Munson Medical Center. After the speech, Coffia issued the following statement on Whitmer’s address: 

“I’ve never been known to be shy about my priorities — putting my constituents first is at the top of the list. Today’s address by Gov. Whitmer reaffirms the goal of a brighter and more prosperous future for Michigan. From day one, I’ve advocated for more affordable and accessible housing in the 103rd District and across the state. Michiganders deserve access to health care, especially in rural areas like mine, and I know each of these are important priorities to the governor and the Democratic majority. Along those same lines, we must continue to support our frontline health care workers as they deliver vital care during our most vulnerable times. It was an honor to attend my first state of the state address with my esteemed guests by my side; each is committed to meaningful work in our community — I cannot thank them enough.”