Michigan State of the State

Felicia Brabec
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Former Washtenaw County commissioner Felicia Brabec was recently elected as the new 55th state House representative to the Michigan State Legislature.  Brabec watched from home as Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her annual State of the State message virtually due to the pandemic.  Brabec talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about her reaction to the message.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Despite a very difficult year of 2020, Governor Whitmer's third State of the State address had a very positive tone.  Even though he knew it's what Michiganders needed to hear, Michigan Senator Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor acknowledged that it will take a lot of work to achieve bipartisanship in the state Legislature.  Irwin talks about his thoughts on the governor's speech with WEMU's David Fair.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer touched on numerous topics in her third State of the State address, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, repairing Michigan's economy, and promoting racial diversity.  In a conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor discusses how the governor's speech connects with the City of Ann Arbor and its goals.


Donna Lasinski
Donna Lasinski / votedonnalasinski.com

Michigan Governor Gretchen delivered her third State of the State address from her office in Lansing.  Michigan State House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski particularly took note of the bipartisan tone of the address and hopes the rest of the Legislature will take note as well.  Lasinski shares her thoughts on the speech with WEMU's David Fair.


Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer lays out her new legislative year agenda for 2021.

Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently released the latest Michigan state budget, and it includes funding for a number of environmental programs.  And, it builds on the initiatives launched in her first budget cycle as governor.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks over environmental priorities, progress, and challenges with State Senator Jeff Irwin. 


Gretchen Whitmer
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s ready to go-it-alone to come up with money to pay for road repairs.  That’s if Republicans won’t support her proposal for a fuel tax increase.  That was the message Whitmer delivered in her second State of the State speech last night.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Michigan State Government

Gretchen Whitmer is only the second female governor in Michigan history, and, as the mother of two daughters, knows the importance of strong female leaders.

She spoke to 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry about improving history for women during this month dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.


Driving
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Michigan could become a completely hands-free driving state.  A new bill in the state House comes after Governor Gretchen Whitmer made distracted driving a priority during her State of the State address.


Donna Lasinski
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

During her State of the State address, Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented proposals regarding better education, infrastructure, clean water, and equal rights for the LGBTQ community. 52nd District State Representative Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township)  shared her impressions today with WEMU's David Fair.


Yousef Rabhi
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

On Tuesday night, Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State address, where she discussed such things as infrastructure, clean water, and the need for greater investment in education.  53rd District State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) joined WEMU's David Fair this morning to share his thoughts on the address. 


Jake Neher / WDET

Governor Gretchen Whitmer set some big goals in her first State of the State Address Tuesday night.  She’s calling for major investments in infrastructure, education, and clean water, among other things.  But Republicans are skeptical about the costs of her ideas.  As Jake Neher reports, the speech represents a bold vision for Michigan that’s already sparking partisan divisions.


Gretchen Whitmer
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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


James Clift
Michigan Environmental Council / environmentalcouncil.org

Through the course of this week, Governor Rick Snyder has released some ambitious plans for environmental policy for his final year in office.  WEMU’s David Fair caught up with James Clift, Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, to discuss the plans and whether any of it will actually make it into policy. 


Internet
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Governor Rick Snyder kicked off his week of daily announcements Monday with a focus on broadband internet access.  During the State of the State, Snyder said he would make a new announcement about infrastructure and the environment every day this week.


Lisa Wozniak
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

Governor Rick Snyder gave his last State of the State address on Tuesday night, and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak gave it her full attention.  Wozniak spoke to WEMU's David Fair about the environmental factors--or lack thereof--of the governor's speech.


Rebekah Warren
Michigan State Democrats / senatedems.com

Governor Rick Snyder delivered his final State of the State address on Tuesday night.  WEMU's David Fair caught up with State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) to get her thoughts on the governor's speech and what the year ahead may bring. 


Book
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Governor Rick Snyder wants to spend more on Michigan students.  The governor made the announcement during his State of the State address last night.


Great Lakes
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Governor Rick Snyder gave his final State of the State address last night.  He took the opportunity to announce a series of initiatives. 


Money
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Governor Rick Snyder called for fiscal responsibility during his final State of the State address.  This could clash with the priorities of the state lawmakers.


Rick Snyder
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Governor Rick Snyder declared victory over the state’s economic hardships in his eighth and final State of the State address.  The governor, last night, said choices made over the last seven years leave room now for more investment in schools and infrastructure.  But it’s not clear that he can win support for his plans in the Legislature


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder delivers his eighth State of the State address Tuesday.  The State of the State is a yearly event where the governor lays out his priorities for the upcoming year.  Some lawmakers have wish lists for what they want the governor to talk about. 


michigan capitol
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Governor Rick Snyder delivered his seventh State of the State address last night.  


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Ten million people.  Governor Rick Snyder has set a goal of getting Michigan’s population above that number before the next US Census.  It was part of the governor’s seventh State of the State address delivered Tuesday night at the state Capitol.


Dan Kildee
US House of Representatives / house.gov

As Governor Rick Snyder prepares to deliver his seventh State of the State address, a potential candidate to replace him has called for ethics rules that would align Michigan with what the federal government requires.


Willow Run
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The announced sale of property at a historic Ypsilanti Township facility will help move the community forward in many ways.


Michigan National Guard Delivery
U.S National Guard Major Joe Cannon / flickr.com

The state House and Senate have unanimously approved an emergency spending bill to help Flint address its water crisis.  It now goes to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.  


Jim Ananich
Twitter / twitter.com/jimananich

Michigan Democratic leaders say Governor Rick Snyder’s Flint apology during his State of the State speech is not enough.  

Flint Protesters
NPR / npr.org

Governor Rick Snyder devoted most of Tuesday's State of the State speech to the Flint water crisis.  He promised to fix the problems that started while the city was under state emergency management, and he promised to do a better job of helping the public understand what went wrong. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder devoted most of his State of the State speech Tuesday night to the Flint water crisis. Rick Pluta has a report on address and the governor's plan. 


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