Whitmer to focus on magnitude of road problem in speech

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LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will discuss the magnitude of Michigan’s problem with shoddy roads in her first State of the State speech and encourage residents to share their own stories.

The Democrat said Monday that bridges are being held up with temporary supports, and potholes are forcing drivers to pay for repairs with money they need for rent or child care.

Whitmer told The Associated Press her speech will focus on “fundamentals” like infrastructure, water and ensuring everyone gets job skills — whether through college, technical training or trade schools.

“I really want to make sure that people understand some of the challenges we’re facing. We are up to the challenges. We will meet them. We will make this a place where our kids stay and out families will thrive. We have to have a real sober conversation about what it’s going to take and what not doing it costs us,” she told 24 Hour News 8 political reporter Rick Albin.

Some of thoes challenges, including the roads and safe drinking water, will come with a big price tag. Whitmer will likely wait until her March budget presentation to outline how the state will cover those costs.

Stay with 24 Hour News 8 for complete coverage of Whitmer’s State of the State address, which begins at 7 p.m. We will have a crew live in Lansing, and will carry the entire speech live on WOOD TV8 and woodtv.com

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