Reporters react to Whitmer’s State of the State speech

Journalists Rick Pluta and Lauren Gibbons discuss the implications of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s address Wednesday night.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave her State of the State speech Wednesday night. She discussed her agenda and highlighted her ability to spark bipartisanship. Whitmer didn’t talk much about the pandemic, but notably said she wants Michigan students back in schools.

The governor was very soft in her delivery.” — Rick Pluta, senior state capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network

Listen: What the speech could mean for Whitmer’s re-election hopes in 2022.



Rick Pluta is a senior state capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. Pluta says Whitmer didn’t talk a tough political game in part to appear more bipartisan to voters. “The governor was very soft in her delivery,” he says.

Lauren Gibbons is a reporter covering Michigan politics and policy for MLive. Gibbons says she’s interested to see what happens to school districts that want to keep virtual learning after Whitmer declared that students should be in schools. “It indicates the changing tides about remote learning,” she says.

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