GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will enter her second term as Michigan’s chief executive officer and her party will control the Michigan Legislature.

Democrats won control of the Michigan House and Senate in elections this month for the first time in years. They also hold the positions of governor, secretary of state, and attorney general.

This means that Whitmer is in a good place to implement his priorities:

“I think one of the things that I’m impressing on the Legislature is that we have to stay tied to the kitchen table issues,” she told News 8 on Thursday. “This is something we’ve been working on for four years. We laid a great foundation. Now is the time to step on the gas. So whether it’s competing with other states to invest in Michigan or continuing our work in education so we can meet the top 10 literacy goals, they will continue to drive everything from the budget to policy change.”

She added that she would like to “get rid of old laws and get them off the books” — specifically referring to Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, which was deemed obsolete after a constitutional amendment protecting reproductive liberties, including the right to abortions.

Whitmer campaigned on a promise to “fix the damn roads.” In her first term, after an attempt to raise the gas tax collapsed, she resorted to gluing to finance projects. She said her party now controls the Legislature and is ready to create an “informed,” “comprehensive and long-term” plan, especially with the expected transition to more electric vehicles on our roads.

“We have… an antiquated way of funding our roads, just like any other state. No state has yet realized this. Some have pilot projects, for example, to determine how miles traveled can be measured,” she said. “I think it will take a lot of work. It will not come from one person. It won’t go down one side of the aisle. It must be a plan that is comprehensive, forward-looking, and inclusive of our local residents and our state highway systems.”


Asked if there was anything she would like the Republican-led legislature to do in the lame-duck session, she said she was working to promote the Michigan presidential primary. The Democratic and Republican National Committees must also sign off on it.

“We (Michigan) are so late in the primary system that our voice is muted,” she said. “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, I think advancing Michigan in the primary system would be good for the state of Michigan, it would be good for the country because our votes matter.”

Whitmer categorically stated that she does not intend to participate in the primaries as a presidential candidate.

“No. There is nothing more to say. No, she said. “I’ve been unequivocal from the beginning, but for whatever reason people want to keep writing articles. I’m focused on Michigan. I ran for four more years for governor of the state of Michigan and I intend to serve them.”

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