LANSING — Tonight, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State address, outlining her vision for the state and calling for bipartisan collaboration to address the issues facing Michigan’s working families. In response, state Rep. Sheryl Kennedy (D-Davison) issued the following statement:

“For years, I have been fighting to improve our state’s education by demanding full and adequate funding for our schools and highlighting the need to take care of our hardworking neighbors who sacrifice so much for our communities. Listening to Gov. Whitmer’s address tonight filled me with the hope that we stand at a new beginning for our state, and are heading down a path that will allow us to do both. Preparing our students to thrive and reinforcing our state’s commitment to emergency responders like Chief Paulson are paramount to Michigan’s future success.”

Rep. Kennedy was joined by Clio Area Fire Chief Kerry Paulson for the address.