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Karoub Special Report – State of the State

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: January 30, 2020

In her State of the State address before a joint session of Legislature, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $3.5 billion borrowing plan to ‘fix the damn roads,’ and bypass the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. Plan B does not require legislative approval. It will either add or expand 122 road projects and nearly double the amount of money to fix roads over the next five years.

The Governor also urged the Legislature to enshrine many of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions into state law to protect Michiganders should the federal government choose to repeal the ACA. The protections would prohibit insurance companies from denying people due to a pre-existing condition, charging women more than men for the same plan, charging sick patients more than healthy patients, and cancelling coverage when an individual gets sick.

Her address also focused on education and jobs, including expanding Pre-K for kids who need it most by providing additional funding to the Great Start Readiness Program. Gov. Whitmer also directed the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to expand the right to overtime pay to thousands of Michigan workers. Right now, only workers making $35,000 or less have overtime rights.

As Gov. Whitmer was preparing to announce a new road funding plan in her State of the State address, the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday passed a seven-bill transportation package that included a requirement that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) work with an outside consulting firm to study the possibility of bringing toll roads to Michigan (SB 517).

For more information, please click on the Karoub State of the State Special Report below.

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