Whitmer to focus on roads, workforce in State of State address

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will use her first State of the State address to focus on Michigan's "fundamentals" - such as the roads, drinking water and workforce.

The Democrat will speak Tuesday night during a joint session of the Republican-led Legislature. You can watch it live on FOX 2's Facebook page or click here to watch it live on fox2detroit.com.

She plans to focus in part on the magnitude of the problem with deteriorating roads and bridges , asking drivers and businesses to give feedback on what pothole-ridden infrastructure is costing them. A detailed proposal will likely wait until she proposes her budget in March.

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Another major topic will be workforce development - ensuring that companies can fill their jobs with in-state workers who have the proper training. The issue applies to all workers, she says, regardless of whether they have four-year college degrees, trade certificates or something in-between.

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