LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 25, 2023) — Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), the Michigan Senate Assistant President Pro Tempore, has issued the following statement in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “State of the State” address on Wednesday evening: 

“This governor understands how policies rooted in equity and justice must intersect to have a strong economy and safe communities. Without strong civil rights protections and reproductive health protections, including repealing outdated laws like the 1931 abortion ban, we cannot build an economy that works for all Michiganders. I applaud the attention given to preschool for all, providing a much-needed form of economic justice for working families. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and House to accomplish all we can this term. I share Gov. Whitmer’s priorities in building a Michigan where everyone can get a great education, grow in their profession, and thrive, wherever their path takes them. This is an exciting moment for our state, and together, we will ensure sustainable and meaningful change.” 

In her speech, Gov. Whitmer laid out her administration’s plans for the coming year. This was the first “State of the State” address delivered in person since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.