Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her sixth State of the State address in front of a joint session of the Michigan House and Senate, sharing new policy proposals related to education, affordable housing, boosting the economy and growing the state’s population.
On Whitmer’s list of policy proposals was a $1.4 billion call to rehabilitate 10,000 housing units across the state to provide more affordable housing. If the proposal gains traction, it would be the largest investment of its kind in Michigan’s history. The governor also called for the return of former Gov. Rick Snyder’s “Good Jobs For Michigan” program to provide better tax incentives to businesses attracting new talent to the state.
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On the education front, Whitmer proposed a plan to provide free community college tuition for the first two years to Michigan high school graduates. She also proposed further investments in Pre-K education with a goal to provide universal preschool to all 4-year-olds in the state. Among her other proposals were calls to increase family caregiver tax credits, provide electric vehicle rebates, and finish fixing the roads.
One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson of “American Black Journal,” Nolan Finley of the Detroit News, and Zoe Clark of Michigan Public discussed some of Whitmer’s proposals.
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