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Governor Delivers 2024 State of the State Address

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer laid out her plans to lower costs, improve education and ensure anyone can “make it” in Michigan during her 2024 State of the State address Jan. 24 in front of a joint session of the Legislature.

“We put together a heck of a record in 2023, and we are starting 2024 ready to rock,” said Whitmer. “This year let’s keep our foot on the accelerator by continuing to focus on the issues that make a real difference in people’s lives. Let’s build more housing to expand supply and lower costs and save family caregivers thousands on their taxes. To improve education, let’s deliver a budget that expands free pre-K for all and makes community college tuition-free for every high school graduate. Finally, let’s keep bringing supply chains and jobs back home to Michigan by shoring up our economic development toolkit so anyone can ‘make it’ in Michigan. Together, we can build a brighter future and help every Michigander have a classic Michigan story.”

Key notes from the address, according to the press release from the Michigan Executive Office of the governor:

Housing

Michigan will make the largest investment to build housing in Michigan history, nearly $1.4 billion to build or rehabilitate nearly 10,000 homes.

Caregiver Tax Credit

Whitmer proposed the new Caring for MI Family Tax Credit to save thousands of Michigan families up to $5,000 off their taxes. The proposal covers caregiving expenses including counseling, transportation and nursing or respite services.

Pre-K for All

The governor wants to provide access to free pre-K for every single 4-year-old Michigander in the next budget.

Community College for All

The governor proposed making the first two years of community college tuition-free for every high school graduate.

Rebuilding Michigan

Whitmer called for the Michigan Department of Transportation to authorize the final $700 million of the Rebuilding Michigan Plan.

Make it in Michigan

The governor said Michigan needs to upgrade its bipartisan economic development toolkit:

  • R&D Tax Credit to unleash innovation while lowering costs for businesses.
  • HIRE Michigan to lower overall payroll taxes for these firms.
  • Renaissance Zones to spur investment in areas left out or left behind by lowering the cost of doing business in them.
  • Innovation Fund to invest in early-stage startups and help launch hundreds of new Michigan-based companies, creating thousands of jobs.

Click here to see the full address as prepared for delivery.

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