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Governor Whitmer Delivers Her Fourth State of the State Address

Posted on January 26, 2022 by Dene Westbrook

Governor Whitmer delivered her 2022 State of the State speech virtually on Wednesday evening, highlighting her accomplishments from the past year and focusing on a few key goals for the coming, election year.

While there were no specific programs targeted at local governments, the Governor did focus on investments in infrastructure and the need to continue to pursue additional investments with the state’s available American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allotments.

During the speech, the Governor announced five new initiatives:

  • Eliminating the income tax liability for public pensions
  • Increasing the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit from the current 6% of the federal credit to 20%
  • A training a recruitment program to attract more mental health professionals to Michigan
  • Capping insulin prices
  • Funding a state level rebate for electric vehicle purchases, on top of the federal rebate, and an additional rebate for at-home charging infrastructure

Many of the details surrounding these announcements and the potential budget impacts will be released in the coming weeks and as part of the early February release of the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2022-23 Executive Budget recommendation.

Chris Hackbarth is the League’s director of state & federal affairs. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 and chackbarth@mml.org.

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