Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her What’s Next Address to state legislators and leaders, outlining priorities for the fall.
Her address focused on public safety, strong unions, health care, economic growth with new businesses and jobs, environmental protections, clean energy, safe roads, affordable housing, paid family and medical leave, election security and streamlining the permitting process for advanced manufacturing, housing and more.
Since taking office, the Governor and legislature have provided strong economic growth to help anyone ‘make it’ in Michigan. Michigan has added 63,000 jobs year over year; the unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, the lowest rate in 23 years; and the state has won 16,000 jobs and secured $16 billion of investment with economic development tools that bring manufacturing and supply chains home from China. Whitmer is focused on continuing to grow the economy and create jobs to make Michigan more competitive, improve energy efficiency, expand opportunity, and protect people’s fundamental rights.
Since Whitmer took office, the state has invested $1.5 billion in public safety including funding to: recruit and train police officers to make our communities safer; provide resources for mental health and addiction treatment; and other investments to tackle the root causes of crime.
This year, the bipartisan budget builds on those measures by purchasing new gear for firefighters, upgrading correctional facilities and much more.
One page fact sheets about the following topics are detailed in the links below: