State Rep. William Bruck, R-Erie, (right) and Republican Leader Matt Hall (left) welcome Brian Merkle to the state Capitol Wednesday for the governor’s annual State of the State address. Merkle owns Merkle Funeral Service, which operates four funeral homes in Monroe County. He has also been a first responder for 25 years, serving 15 years as a firefighter for Monroe Township and 15 years as an EMT with Monroe Community Ambulance.

LANSING — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer known as on Michiganders to embody the spirit of “comfortable warriors” in help of a collection of broad plans she unveiled Wednesday night time throughout her annual State of the State handle.

She laid out a wide-ranging agenda, together with proposals to curb gun violence and assist college students get well from studying losses in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whereas Whitmer has repeatedly stated she’s going to work with anybody irrespective of their political affiliation to resolve challenges dealing with Michigan, she has clear coverage companions within the Democratic majorities that newly management each chambers of the state Legislature.

Proposed tax aid to focus on seniors and low-income working households

Whitmer unveiled her “Decreasing MI Prices” plan for focused tax aid with a repeal of the state’s so-called retirement tax − together with reinstating a tax exemption for individuals with public pensions — and an growth of a state’s Earned Revenue Tax Credit score (EITC) for low-income working households.