Appearing before Michigan House representatives and senators in the Michigan House chambers on Jan. 25, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her 5th State of the State address as governor of Michigan, and her first of her second four-year term that has seen a shift to Democratic control across all three legislative bodies. 

During her address, the governor spoke optimistically about her goals for Michigan, including tax relief for low-income families and senior pensions, gun reform, expanding LGBTQ rights and protections, universal pre-k for all four-year-olds and investments in K-12 tutoring and afterschool programs. She hopes to enact some turnkey legislation right away, while others may be more ambitious, long-term goals the state may only accomplish with bipartisan support. 

RELATED: Watch Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State address here 

One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” and Nolan Finley, of the Detroit News, got together to discuss Gov. Whitmer’s goals for the state moving forward and whether she can get them accomplished. Plus, they posit whether voters might see Gov. Whitmer make a bid for national office during the 2024 election cycle. 

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