Former Michigan Secretary of State discusses the current Republican minority in Lansing

“Almost four in 10 kids in this country feel lonely and isolated all the time,” says state Sen. Ruth Johnson.

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Former Secretary of State Ruth Johnson delivers her inaugural remarks in January 2011 at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich.

For the first time in several decades, Democrats hold a majority in the state Senate. But even now, Republicans have already signaled some of their priorities — including urging Democrats not to repeal a 2015 law that could automatically reduce the state’s income tax rate as early as this year.

What will Republicans focus on now that they are in the minority in the state?

“We really do struggle here: we rank 39th out of 50 states for education and that’s really hurt us in so many ways.” — State Sen. Ruth Johnson


Listen: What one state Republican wants to be the party’s priorities.

 


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State Sen. Ruth Johnson is a Republican representing Michigan’s 14th state Senate district and former Michigan Secretary of State. She says students and young people are really struggling, in part from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We really do struggle here: we rank 39th out of 50 states for education and that’s really hurt us in so many ways,” says Johnson.

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