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Sen. Horn outlines hopes for Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State Speech

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issued the following statement on Wednesday as residents and lawmakers alike wait for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2022 State of the State Address:

“I am disappointed that tonight’s address will not be taking place in person in our beautiful House Chamber, but virtually instead. Just yesterday, I joined the governor in the Senate hearing room for a multi-billion-dollar investment in economic development for our state, as an audience of many sat shoulder to shoulder in excitement for Michigan’s future. It would have been a pleasure to see that same excitement transmitted throughout the halls of the Capitol Building.

“We have demonstrated to the world and the rest of our nation that Michigan is healthy, with its sleeves rolled up, and ready to get back to work. The governor and I have worked together on important legislation in the past — that includes Michigan Reconnect and the Going Pro Talent Fund program to train and upskill Michiganders in today’s economy.

“We have a shortage of workers in every sector, both public and private. A shortage that can only be resolved by growing Michigan’s population. We must invite back the over one million people we lost in the previous decade. There are three things I hope to hear from the governor to achieve this goal. First, we need more announcements like we saw yesterday from General Motors and LG. We have to bring in tens of thousands more well-paying jobs like these.

“Second, we must continue to train and encourage our young people to pursue meaningful careers right here in Michigan. Together, we can invite talented people from around the nation and the world to bring their families here. It is incumbent upon us to provide vibrant and energetic communities for them to live. This includes solutions to solve our current housing crisis. We have a shortage of housing that our teachers, firefighters, nurses, and many others in the workforce can’t afford.

“Lastly, we must open our schools. The amount of learning our students have lost over the last two years is something that many will struggle to make up. We have to equip our teachers to recover these lost years and empower parents with the tools and options necessary to bring their child up to their grade level and beyond.

“I remain hopeful for our future and am ready and eager to work with the governor throughout the remainder of my time in Lansing to continue Michigan’s comeback.”