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. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek), who served as an escort in the governor’s procession into the chamber, issued the following statement on the address: 


“I greatly value the opportunity for both chambers and the governor to come together. Gov. Whitmer gave an inspiring address this evening. I am glad elements of her agenda align well with my own goal as a representative to ensure the hardworking families in our community have the chance to prosper. Breadwinners who support their families need to have safe work environments, and they deserve to make living wages to help secure a good quality of life.”