March 30, 2023
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ICYMI: Gov. Whitmer on Getting Things Done in the First 100 Days
“Passed already this year: a tax break for the working poor and seniors, protections of LGBTQ rights”
LANSING, Mich. — In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Martha Teichner discusses the historic legislation that Governor Whitmer has signed within the first 100 days of her second term and her work addressing the issues that matter most to Michiganders.
Since January, Governor Whitmer has announced three tax cuts to put $1.6 billion back into Michiganders’ pockets and Michigan has secured 2,500 good-paying auto jobs. In March, Governor Whitmer signed legislation expanding the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect LGBTQ Michiganders and expanded workers’ rights. She has worked with legislators to pass commonsense gun violence legislation and a repeal of the dangerous 1931 abortion ban.
“TEICHNER: In her second term, she has the power to act and is in a hurry to use it.”
“TEICHNER: Passed already this year: tax breaks for the working poor and seniors, protections of LGBTQ rights, a rollback of restrictions on labor unions.”
“GOVERNOR WHITMER: We need a governor that is going to stand up for our voting rights, our civil rights, make sure Michigan is a place for everybody.”
“TEICHNER: Whitmer championed protecting abortion rights.”
“GOVERNOR WHITMER: I’m just here to be the governor of all people in the state of Michigan.”
Accomplishments in the First 100 Days
Since January, Governor Whitmer has worked with legislators to roll back the retirement tax and quintuple the Working Families Tax Credit, cutting taxes by $1 billion for working families and seniors. Last month, she announced that Michigan won 2,500 good-paying auto jobs. In March, Governor Whitmer signed bills to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, reaffirming legal protections for sexual orientation and expanding coverage to include gender identity and expression, and expand workers’ rights. In the wake of last month’s shooting at Michigan State University, Governor Whitmer has worked with legislators to pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation, including background checks, safe storage, and extreme risk protection orders.
What’s Next on the Governor’s Budget
In her 2024 budget recommendation, Governor Whitmer proposed investments to lower costs for Michigan families including taking the first step toward providing pre-K for all of Michigan’s 4-year-olds. She also proposed investments to expand MI Kids Back on Track with tutoring and after-school programs. Governor Whitmer called for dedicated resources for the first time ever to hire, train, and retain local cops, firefighters, and EMTs and upgrade public safety facilities and equipment. And earlier this month, Governor Whitmer signed legislation that addressed one of the proposals laid out in her budget recommendation to establish the Community Violence Intervention initiative and provide grants to community-based organizations that provide community violence intervention services.