Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State address outlines her plans for 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Michigan).
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Michigan).(WLUC/State of Michigan)
Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 5:27 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered the 2022 State of the State Address on Wednesday evening.

This was the governor’s fourth State of the State Address which means it is re-election year for her.

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist kicked off the historic speech right here in the U.P. at the Marquette County Courthouse.

“Gov. Whitmer will deliver her State of the State address and layout our administration’s agenda for the future,” Lt. Gov. Gilchrist said.

Gov. Whitmer addressed Michiganders from Detroit Diesel, home to cutting-edge electric vehicle technology.

Before diving into the policies and proposals on the future of Michigan, Gov. Whitmer first acknowledged the lives lost to COVID-19 and the ones on the frontline fighting for the well-being of Michiganders all over the state.

“Thank the first responders, healthcare professionals, and Michigan National Guard for everything they do to keep us safe,” Whitmer said.

On the agenda, was retirement tax. The Democratic leader called to repeal the tax in 2019 but was unsuccessful. She said the time is now to get it done.

“I’m ready to work across the aisle to roll back the retirement tax and save 500,000 households in Michigan an average of 1,000 bucks a year,” Whitmer said.

Even so, Republican Senator Ed McBroom said if she wants to repeal the tax, it needs to be for all groups in the retirement age bracket, despite their income.

“Those [arguments] have to focus on relief for retirement income that is equalized across all sources of that income,” Sen. McBroom said.

As inflation continues to raise prices of everyday items, Whitmer proposes to lower the costs of insulin, which can cost $100 on average for a single vial.

“Meanwhile, in the Michigan Legislature, there have been bipartisan bills introduced to cap the cost of insulin at 50 bucks a month,” she said.

She also encouraged more to invest in electric vehicles because they cost half as much to fuel and maintain as gas-powered cars.

“That’s why I am proposing a combined $2,500 electric vehicle rebate for families,” Whitmer said.

The governor is also calling for an expansion of the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) program to focus on an increase in funding for mental health professionals in schools.

“Building on work we did last year to help schools hire more than 560 nurses, counselors, and social workers,” Whitmer said.

Any legislative proposals will need approval from the republican-led house and senate.

Gov. Whitmer also addressed infrastructure in Michigan, noting that she’s creating good paying, skilled trade jobs.

Plus, she said Michigan will be receiving billions of dollars from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan.

You can watch the speech on the TV6 and FOX UP Facebook page below.

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