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Video and transcript: Gov. Whitmer delivers 2019 State of the State address

Gretchen Whitmer

Updated Feb. 12, 2019, at 9:08 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State address, calling out two major crises she feels the state is facing: Michigan's crumbling infrastructure and failing schools. 

Whitmer's gubernatorial campaign featured the slogan "fix the damn roads," and she made it a central focus of her address.

"Last year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Michigan infrastructure an overall grade of D-plus. Our roads fared even worse—a D-minus—with just 18% of Michigan roads in 'good' condition," Whitmer said. "Another recent study found that Michigan has the worst roads in the country. The worst. Let’s be honest: we don’t need studies to tell us this. The evidence is impossible to ignore."

Read the transcript of Whitmer's full address.

Watch a replay of her address below: 

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