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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Talks “Kitchen-Table” Issues in Annual State of the State Address

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Fresh off the announcement that GM will invest $7 billion and create 4,000 jobs to make Michigan the “hub” of electric vehicle manufacturing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her State of the State address last night.

Throughout the speech, she outlined results and plans that focus on kitchen-table issues and making life better for working families, including moving dirt to fix the damn roads, improving public education, cutting the retirement tax, tripling the earned income tax credit for working families and lowering the cost of insulin.

Here’s what people are saying about Gov. Whitmer’s address:

  • MLive: “Whitmer calls for tax cuts, historic education funding and bipartisan unity in 2022 State of the State address.”
  • Detroit Free Press: “Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tried to focus on what she considers “kitchen-table” issues during her fourth State of the State address Wednesday evening.”
  • Michigan Radio: “The governor proposed rebates for electric vehicle purchases, a boost in the state earned income tax credit for low-income workers, reducing taxes on pensions and retirement savings, and capping the cost of insulin for diabetics.”
  • ABC 12: “Whitmer’s State of the State address proposes changes to retirement tax and tripling tax credit.”
  • WLNS: “In State of the State, Whitmer proposes tax cuts, pushes to lower insulin prices.”
  • 9&10 News: “Governor Whitmer Proposes Repeal of Retirement Tax.”
  • The Detroit News: “The location and Whitmer’s focus on jobs, targeted tax cuts and ‘kitchen table issues’ reflected how Whitmer hopes to spend the state’s billions of dollars in state surplus…”
  • Fox 2 Detroit: “Speaking from the Detroit Diesel headquarters, Whitmer outlined some successes in the past year and shared her vision for 2022 involving tax cuts, helping seniors, mental health funding and reduction in costs for electric vehicles.”

Crain’s Detroit Business: “Whitmer used the speech as a victory lap of sorts for GM’s investment, which came after the Legislature created a new $1 billion tax incentives fund for large-scale economic development projects … The governor heralded the GM deal as a bipartisan achievement that could be replicated on other issues facing the state.”

“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has delivered bipartisan solutions to Michigan’s biggest challenges — and she’s ready to build on that progress in the next year,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton. “On the heels of securing a $7 billion investment and 4,000 new jobs, Gov. Whitmer continues to fight for Michigan families by cutting costs, improving education, and getting even more results when it comes to fixing the damn roads.”