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 K-12 and higher education, and attracting talent to Michigan.

“The people of Michigan elected a Democratic majority across the board last November, and the priorities outlined this evening by Gov. Whitmer reflect her ongoing dedication to putting the people of Michigan first,” said state Rep. Carol Glanville (D-Walker). “I’m excited to get to work moving Michigan forward.” 

Glanville was joined this evening by City Manager of the City of Grand Rapids, Mark Washington, and Grand Rapids firefighter and veteran, Ted Rusieki for the governor’s address. 

“I want to thank Grand Rapids City Manager, Mark Washington for joining me this evening. The Northwest side of Grand Rapids has a rich history and is home to a number of key economic and cultural elements including the Medical Mile, Bridge Street Corridor, DeVos Place, the Public Museum, and the beloved John Ball Zoo, just to name a few.  I’m looking forward to working closely with the city of Grand Rapids to advance quality-of-life issues that will support continued growth across the region.  

“I also want to thank Ted Rusieki for joining me tonight. As a veteran, firefighter and union representative, Ted embodies what it means to be a Westsider. He’s a lifelong resident and dedicated public servant actively engaged in the community who helps the west side of Grand Rapids maintain the small town feel that makes everyone feel at home.”