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Building One Michigan That Works for Everyone

Governor Gretchen Whitmer  

Michigan is at a turning point right now. We need to decide whether or not we want to invest in the things that once made our state a destination for families all over the world. There was a time when people knew that they could move to Michigan and get a great job that would support their family. They knew that their kids could get a great public education. And they knew that in the state that put the world on wheels, they could drive to work and drop their kids at school safely, without blowing a tire or cracking a windshield. Right now, we have the chance to rebuild our state so everyone can thrive here 

We all know that our roads are downright dangerous. Every day, school buses full of kids drive over bridges with temporary supports on them. Chunks of concrete have flown into windshields and injured our drivers. That’s why we need to rebuild our roads, not just patch them, with the right materials and mix so they stay fixed. I presented a solution that will ensure the funds we raise for roads are constitutionally guaranteed to only go toward road repair. It’s a plan that will save us money in the long run by cutting down the need for costly repairs on failing infrastructure later. The longer we wait to act, the worse this problem will get as our infrastructure fails and requires even more money to fix.  

I’ve also introduced a plan that will help us grow our workforce and ensure everyone has a path to a good-paying job. The MI Opportunity Scholarship will ensure every hardworking high school graduate who gets a B-average can afford a community college education and ensure that a four-year degree is much more affordable for low-and middle-income families. The Michigan Reconnect program will provide free skills training programs for adults and students at community colleges to fill the more than 100,000 jobs currently in demand from Michigan businesses. When we build the talent we need, we can make Michigan a place where more businesses want to move.  

Support from the business community will be crucial in finally fixing our roads and closing the skills gap. I know that when we work together, we can build One Michigan where we can all get ahead. I’m proud to have the support of business organizations across the state, including the Detroit Regional Chamber, for my plans to fix the roads and close the skills gap, and I want to thank them for their partnership as we build a stronger Michigan together.   

Gretchen Whitmer is the 49th governor of the state of Michigan.