Lenawee County’s Representation in Lansing React to Gov. Whitmer’s 2022 State of the State Address

Lenawee County, MI – After listening to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2022 State of the State address virtually Wednesday night, Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian issued the following statements:

Anger:

“It’s about time that the governor has gotten on board about the need for tax relief — especially considering the terrible

damage her actions had on hundreds of Michigan family businesses during her unilateral shutdowns.

“I have been calling for a repeal of the pension tax for years, and I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues to get much-needed retirement income tax relief for our seniors.

“We can work together to improve our state. Last year, we found agreement on innovative tools to help attract and create good jobs in Michigan and pass a balanced state budget that included record funding for our schools that finally achieved the goal of providing every school district the same amount of minimum per-student foundation allow.

“I am committed to building on that foundation as we work to improve our state and the lives of everyone in Michigan.”

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“We heard the governor mention Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Macomb, and Detroit, but we need to hear about real solutions for families in rural Michigan communities like Lenawee County that face their own unique challenges, such as access to rural broadband.

“As chair of the Health Policy Committee, ensuring Michigan residents have access to the care they need is among my top priorities. I am encouraged to hear the governor is committed to improving access to insulin and mental health care – especially in the wake of her forced school closures that resulted in a surge of mental health burdens for our young people. I am hopeful she will work with us to make those promises a reality.

“As we embark on a new year, the governor has an opportunity to prove her claim that she wants to work together in a bipartisan fashion to find solutions for the people of Michigan. We cannot make progress without working together – I hope she takes that opportunity.”

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