LANSING, Mich. — Members of the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus released the following individual statements in response to the governor’s State of the State address tonight:

Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren)
“Last year was an all-time low for ethics, transparency and accountability in our state government. It’s crucial, now more than ever, that we move forward in ways that make life easier — not harder — for our residents to obtain information and take part in our democracy.”

Sen. Ian Conyers (D–Detroit)
“Detroit is experiencing a rebirth and the time is now to invest in women. We should be offering them the necessary prenatal health care so that we can address our city’s infant mortality problem — otherwise, we will never reach our full potential.”

Sen. Vincent Gregory (D–Lathrup Village)
“We owe it to the citizens of Michigan to listen to their voices and address their concerns — particularly our seniors, veterans and those who need relief the most.”

Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor)
“We can’t build a 21st-century economy if we’re not supporting 21st-century educators.”

Sen. Rebekah Warren (D–Ann Arbor)
“No Michigan resident should have to live in fear that the water coming from their tap will poison them and their children, that they will face discrimination at school or work just because of who they are or whom they love, that they will blow a tire on Michigan’s pothole-riddled roads, or that their children won’t receive the education they need to succeed in our increasingly global economy.”

Sen. Coleman A. Young II (D–Detroit)
“Each of us — black, white, Chaldean, Latino, Middle-Eastern and Asian — believes in the American spirit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Everyone wants to be valued, heard, and have their children return home safe. Racial injustice is real, so why aren’t we talking about it?”