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Governor Gretchen Whtimer highlighted her plans to expand educational opportunities, lower costs and boost economic development in her State of the State address Jan. 24. Some of her objectives include: investing $1.4 billion to build or rehabilitate 10,000 affordable homes, providing the first two years of community college free to all Michigan high school graduates, access to free pre-Kindergarten for every 4-year-old, and authorizing the final $700 million in bond funds for repairing roads.

The Governor’s executive budget for Fiscal Year 2025 will include the priorities announced in the State of the State address as well as budget targets agreed to at the January Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. On Feb. 7, Whitmer will present her executive proposal for spending General Fund and School Aid Fund dollars to the House and Senate appropriations committees.

Michigan’s economy is strong and stable, according to the state’s top economists, with inflation slowly normalizing, labor force demands leveling off, and unemployment expected to remain steady.

Key deadlines have been announced for the five Michigan elections being held this year beginning with the Michigan Presidential Primary Feb. 27 and concluding with the Michigan General Election on Nov. 5.

Plans to redraw 13 metro Detroit legislative districts are underway after the House and Senate districts were found to be unconstitutional due to improper use of racial data. Michigan Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission has until Feb. 2 to submit a final draft of the redrawn seven House Districts and the public will have until Feb. 23 to submit feedback on the plan. Then work to redraw the six Senate districts will begin April 12.

Please click here for the January 2024 Karoub Report for more information.