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Whitmer's State of the State speech on WVPE at 7pm tonight (1/25)

Jake Neher

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivers her fifth State of the State address Wednesday night. But she’s already on the road to drum up support for her plans for 2023 with stops Tuesday in Lansing and Brighton. You can hear the address tonight at 7pm on WVPE. You can also see it here.

Her plans include officially repealing Michigan’s dormant abortion ban even though it’s abrogated by a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution. She wants tougher gun laws, including universal background checks. And she will call for expanding the state civil rights law to include LGBTQ protections.

“I want to get that done,” she said in Brighton. “I think it’s important for our economy. It’s important for Michiganders and our future.”

Whitmer can do that with the support of new Democratic majorities in the Legislature. But those House and Senate majorities are slim, and she says a lot of plans will require bipartisan support to get done.

“It will still be very important that we try to find as much bipartisan common ground as we can,” she said. “The Democrats control both the House and Senate, but only by two votes in each chamber.”

Those slim majorities could complicate deal-making with Republicans looking to force Democrats into making concessions and with an eye toward picking up seats in special elections to fill vacancies.
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Rick Pluta | MPRN