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. Sharon MacDonell (D-Troy) issued the following statement on Whitmer’s address:

“I look forward to working with Gov. Whitmer as we aim to tackle a number of crucial issues in Michigan. Now that we have a trifecta, it is time that we repeal the retirement tax in Michigan and help all working families by lowering the costs of insurance and by expanding the working families tax credit. No Michigander should have to choose between putting food on their tables and paying their bills. With this trifecta, we can do so much to help Michiganders, and I am proud to be a part of this change.”

MacDonell was joined by her guest, Vital Anne, Troy School Board Trustee.

“Ms. Anne was appointed to the local school board just before the pandemic struck and has experienced a rather challenging first two years, in which she and the board had to make critical, though not always popular, decisions affecting our school community’s education and safety,” MacDonell said. “I’m proud to have her in attendance and to honor her service, especially so soon after the passage of House Resolution 13, which made January 2023 Local School Board Recognition Month in the state of Michigan.”