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Whitmer calls for unity during State of the State address

The governor says she hopes a non-election year will help Republicans and Democrats work together.
Gov. Whitmer during her third State of the State address.
Gov. Whitmer during her third State of the State address.(WILX)
Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 8:17 AM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer repeatedly called for unity in her third State of the State address.

The governor says she hopes a non-election year will help Republicans and Democrats work together.

“While common ground seems less and less common these days, it’s never been more important that we work toward it,” said Whitmer.

The Democrat calling for collaboration with the GOP-led legislature to pass a multibillion-dollar coronavirus recovery plan.

Something House Republicans have already threatened to partially block.

“Based on the political environment this past year, you might think Republicans and Democrats in Lansing can’t find much common ground on anything,” said Whitmer.

The call for unity coming just hours after Senate Republicans blocked more than a dozen appointments by the governor.

Republican Senator Ed McBroom voted in favor of the disapprovals.

“Well there’s been a lot of frustration by myself and many other members of the legislature, even on other sides of the aisle, with the governor’s willingness to go at it alone on so much of the policy decision right now,” said McBroom.

The Republican says the legislature needs to have a role in deciding COVID-19 restrictions.

“To the legislative leaders tuning in, our job now is to fix the damn road ahead, together,” said Whitmer.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccine continues to slowly rollout.

“I know people are anxious and ready to get the vaccine,” said Whitmer. “That’s a good thing, but the fact of the matter is we don’t have the supply we need yet.”

This as the governor announced her ‘Michigan Back to Work’ plan.

“One of my top priorities this year is growing more great jobs for Michigan workers,” said Whitmer.

The first-term governor says more announcements in the tech and manufacturing industries will be made in the coming months.

The chair of the Republican party responding saying, “Here’s a good economic plan for you Governor Whitmer, quit closing businesses.”

You can re-watch the governor’s remarks here.

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