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. Kimberly Edwards (D-Eastpointe), who was joined by guests Miracle Nored, founder of LWSC Community Circle, and her husband, Paul, who with Miracle founded Building Beyond Barriers LLC, issued the following statement on Whitmer’s address:  

“It is people like the Noreds who are the unsung heroes of our communities — I am humbled to have been in their presence for this year’s State of the State address. As I sat in the House chamber listening to the governor’s speech, I couldn’t help but ruminate about the power this body of individuals holds. Miracle and Paul alone make such an impact in my community. Miracle, with the support of incredible activists like Lauren Sewell, advocates day in and day out to combat human trafficking, suicide among youth, and sexual and substance abuse and provide support for survivors. Together, Miracle and Paul provide young adults affordable and creative housing solutions and support to thrive. I am in awe of the impact they make, and it inspires me to work hard with my colleagues here in Lansing and in my community at home on behalf of the children, families and vulnerable populations of Michigan.”