State of the State

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion to rebuild state highways and bridges over five years.

She calls it a responsible way to start fixing deteriorating roads after the Republican-led Legislature rejected her proposed fuel tax hike.

The Democrat unveiled the bonding plan during her second annual State of the State speech on Wednesday.

She says it will enable the state to do about twice as much construction on I-, U.S.- and M-numbered routes as it can now.

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Tonight Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give the second 'State of the State' address of her tenure as governor. You can listen live online on WVPE NEWS2 starting at 7pm. That will be followed by the GOP response and analysis. 

Next week, Whitmer will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's 'State of the Union' address on Feb. 4.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb proposed a new plan to free up state dollars for teacher pay in his State of the State address Tuesday. That plan could be implemented this year – but Holcomb wants to wait for 2021.

Republicans insist that further efforts to boost educator salaries must wait until the 2021 budget session. Holcomb’s new plan (targeted for next year) would use one-time dollars to pay down part of a teacher pension fund.

In turn, $50 million a year will be generated to redirect to teacher pay,” Holcomb says.

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Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at 7 PM

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to deliver her first State of the State address. You can livestream the speech here or listen live on 88.1 WVPE.

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Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at 9 PM

Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth and WDET's Jake Neher co-host a preview of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's first State of the State speech to be delivered Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 PM (88.1 WVPE will carry that address live).

Jason Critchlow, Chair of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, speaks with WVPE's Tony Krabill about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's State of the State address. They discuss road funding, education, the governor's remarks on LGBT anti-discrimination and religious freedom, and the legislative seats opening up in St. Joseph County in the aftermath of Circuit Court Judge Michael Gotsch's retirement announcement.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence Tuesday laid out his plan for Indiana’s future – emphasizing a commitment to road funding, promising to protect teachers and schools from abnormally low test scores, and pledging to crack down on drug dealers.