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State senators preview Gov. Whitmer's State of the State address

Gov. Whitmer preparing for State of the State address
Posted at 7:42 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 07:42:15-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her third State of the State address tonight on FOX 17.

Whitmer is expected to discuss her handling of COVID-19 in Michigan and how she plans to rebuild our economy.

We were joined by Senator Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) to talk about what she thinks the governor will address

"First and foremost is the response to COVID-19 making sure that we are as ready as possible for an influx in immunizations so that we can get back to the business of our state, getting kids back in school, getting our folks back to work, and helping the economy recover," Sen. Brinks told FOX 17.

We also spoke with Senator Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville) to lay out the Senate Republicans' priorities for 2021.

“Among the many things we need to do, we must work together to help our seniors live healthy and independent lives, encourage economic freedom, harness our homegrown talent, support our local businesses, and protect balance in state government to ensure the people have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives," Sen. Victory said.

Senate Republicans say their priorities are split into three categories: Healthier Families and Communities, a Healthier Economy, and Building a Healthier Future.

They say protecting Michiganders from COVID-19, protecting the lives and livelihoods of all Michigan families, and getting students back on track as some of the top issues facing the people of Michigan at the start of the 101st Legislature.

You can watch the State of the State address at 7 p.m. on FOX 17. We will also stream it on our website, news app, and our Facebook page.

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