Scott on State of the State Address, Uplifting Michiganders, Putting People First


Rep. Scott stands with guest Mayor Raylon Leaks-May on the Michigan House floor.

 State Rep. Helena Scott (D-Detroit) and guest, Raylon Leaks-May, City of Ferndale Mayor, listen to Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State Address on the House Floor. 


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 outlined her priorities to continue uplifting Michiganders at every stage of life, which includes improving Michigan’s education system, growing our population and protecting people’s hard-earned money. State Rep. Helena Scott (D-Detroit) issued the following statement in response to Whitmer’s address:

“The way we elevate Michigan into a more prosperous future is to keep putting people first. We are hard at work to ensure Michiganders have access to more reliable energy, more affordable housing, and more money in their pockets to help provide a better quality of life for them and their families. This is what living and thriving in Michigan looks like — good-paying jobs, equitable housing in safer neighborhoods and a world-class educational system from pre-K to lifelong learning for adults seeking a new or better career — we’re investing in a brighter future for all Michiganders.” 

Over the last year, lawmakers have laid a foundation for Michigan 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 to public school kids, 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, work will continue for the brightest future for all Michiganders.