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Michigan Governor Whitmer To Deliver Her First State Of The State Address

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give her first State of the State address tonight.

Governor Whitmer will give her speech in the state House chamber, packed with lawmakers.  Posts to social media show Whitmer has already been in the chamber preparing for the big night.

This will be the first time a Democrat has given the address in 8 years.  And Whitmer will be speaking to a majority Republican Legislature.

Whitmer is expected to address things that she made clear during the campaign are priorities for her – like education, clean water and health care.  But don’t get too excited when it comes to infrastructure.  Whitmer is likely to save her plans for how to fix the state’s roads for her budget proposal in March.     

The State of the State address begins at 7pm (weather permitting).

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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