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Whitmer: lame duck “unproductive;” looking forward to Dem majorities in ’23

Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Carlos Osorio
Associated Press
Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she expects the new Democratic Legislature will pick up a lot of business in January that was left undone in the lame duck session

Whitmer, a Democrat, says Republican leaders adjourned for the year, wrapping up a post-election session that she calls “unproductive” and signaled vetoes will be coming.

“They passed some things that were not negotiated, so you can anticipate what the fate is going to be of those items and I’ll just stay focused on working with the new Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.”

Whitmer says her to-do list includes moving up Michigan’s presidential primary and adopting a business incentives package. Republican leaders warn those new Democratic majorities will be slim and Whitmer’s still going to have to bargain to get things done in 2023.

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