LANSING, Mich., Jan. 26, 2023 — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the State of the State address last night 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. Ranjeev Puri (D-Canton) issued the following statement on Whitmer’s address:

“Gov. Whitmer talked about so many exciting things this evening. As a father to three young boys, I was excited to hear her address access to quality, affordable child care and preschool. I understand the struggle that so many families face when searching for affordable child care and preschool. Preschool is expensive — it can cost a family $10,000 or more annually. That is why I am ready to work with Gov. Whitmer to reduce the costs families take on by making preschool free of charge. In doing so, we will help more than 100,000 children across Michigan attend preschool.”