LANSING, Mich., Jan. 24, 2024 — 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 lowering costs for Michiganders, expanding educational opportunities and strengthening the state’s economy. State Rep. Denise Mentzer (D-Mt. Clemens) issued the following statement on Whitmer’s address: 

“I’m ready to get to work — the State of the State address is like a kick off event for this term and sets a tone for the rest of the year. It’s a packed chamber, and it truly has a special energy — it fires me up to keep working hard for Michigan. Our communities have grit, and we’re ready to push harder and think sharper to keep money in their pockets. I will continue to support Selfridge Air National Guard Base and the needs of my constituents. Now, it’s time we get down to business.”

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.