McKinney on Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State Address, 

Lawmaker Highlights Elder and Senior Care in Michigan


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 and protecting people’s hard-earned money and taking care of older Michiganders. State Rep. Donavan McKinney (D-Detroit) issued the following statement in response to Whitmer’s address:


“I’m so proud of the ways we’ve created policies that will take better care of our elder and senior Michiganders and the family members who help them. Policies for lowering prescription drug costs, implementing better education and credentialing for staff in health care facilities and the tax rollback for retirees are good news for all of us, whether looking ahead or currently in retirement. The announcement of the governor’s plan to support the family members and caregivers for older Michiganders through the ‘Caring for MI Family Tax Credit’ plan positively signals to the 2 million Michiganders over the age of 60 that they can age in place in the Great Lakes State. People 85 and older right now in Michigan are the fastest growing demographic. We must continue to prepare with smart policies to keep our elders and seniors taken care of in their golden years.”


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.