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 uplifting Michigan’s education system, growing the economy and protecting people’s hard-earned money. State Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement on Whitmer’s address:

“The governor drew a great map for Michigan’s future, and I especially appreciated her talking about the environment. The negative impacts of climate change need to be factored into everything we do. High utility bills, protecting public health and even driver’s licenses are all impacted by climate change. We made progress on advancing clean energy last year, but we need to do more. I will continue to prioritize climate solutions like community solar and the DRIVE Safe package, so that West Michigan is the prime destination for people to live.”

Since gaining control of the House, Senate and governor’s office last year, Michigan Democrats have laid a strong foundation for our state by putting people first. The fundamental building blocks include repealing the retirement tax, increasing the working families tax credit (EITC), funding free breakfast and lunch for public school kids, ensuring better access to reproductive health care, 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, House Dems will continue to work, hammer and nail, for the brightest future for all Michiganders.