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(January 26, 2021 4:15 PM) Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today unveiled the Senate Republican Caucus priorities, one day ahead of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address.

“The Senate Republicans believe every Michigander deserves the opportunity to live and prosper in a safe, healthy community. Senate Republicans are committed to building on opportunities to give Michigan families and communities greater peace of mind about the future,” said Shirkey.

The Caucus priorities announcement stated Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, and Sen. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, spearheaded the effort to survey their fellow caucus members about what senators are hearing from constituents in their districts.  “The 20 members of our caucus represent a variety of communities and constituents with different needs and concerns, but the one thing they all have in common is a desire for a healthier Michigan across all aspects of life in our state,” said Shirkey.  

The Senate Republicans’ priorities include three categories: Healthier Families and Communities, a Healthier Economy, and Building a Healthier Future. The Senate Republicans identified helping to protect Michiganders against COVID-19, protecting the lives and livelihoods of all Michigan families, and getting students back on track as some of the top issues facing their constituents and what’s top of their minds as they start the 101st session of the Michigan Legislature.

“Over the past several months, our citizens have endured confusing and oppressive orders from the governor. The result is a failed vaccination plan for Michigan; closure policies that jeopardize the lives and livelihoods of hardworking families; and, students that are at risk of falling behind. It’s unacceptable. The Senate Republicans are committed to doing better and prioritizing the health of our families and communities, our economy, and our future,” said Shirkey.

The list of priorities includes 19 items that range from promoting economic freedom for taxpayers to ensuring confidence in elections. 

The priorities were announced in a graphic that appears at the top of this story.  No further details were provided.

Governor Whitmer will deliver her third State of the State Address tomorrow, January 27th. In a statement announcing the event, the Governor plans on reflecting on actions she has taken as governor to support Michiganders, eradicating COVID-19 and strengthening the state’s economy, and fixing the road ahead. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the State of the State Address will be held virtually, in compliance with CDC and State of Michigan best practices.

The public can watch the State of the State address at www.michigan.gov/MISOTS21  

*The livestream will include American Sign Language and captioning*

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