The State of the State Address is a speech customarily given once each year by the governors of each of the states of the United States. Michigan's governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has not yet set a date for her speech. It has not been determined if the address will be delivered remotely or in-person.


This would be her fourth speech and this years takes place during an election year as coronavirus case numbers in Michigan and across the U.S. are at record highs. The big difference from last year to this year is that now 63% of Michiganders have been vaccinated. Last years speech was delivered on January 27, 2021.

Why Do You Believe in Michigan?

That is the theme the politician invited K-12 graders to consider while designing the State of the State address program cover.

Whitmer stated,

"Michigan is home to such innovative, creative young people and I am excited to highlight the artistic talents of a young Michigander as part of the 2022 State of the State program. What unites every Michigander is that we all believe in our state, and I am excited to share a student’s artwork that highlights what makes Michigan so special to them. I hope students from all over Michigan show off their skills and submit their entry to the State of the State Art Contest.”

Students may use crayon, marker, paint or any other material in their entries. The deadline to submit artwork is January 16.

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On her Tiktok account, Whitmer posted a year end video. She did say, "As we look to 2022, let's come together and continue building a stronger, bolder Michigan."

She said that next year, Michigan can make historic investments of kitchen table issues. She said we can build smooth safe roads and rebuild bridges. Deliver clean water and a great education and ensure every worker in every community can pursue their potential.

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The Detroit Free Press is reporting that addressing the ongoing pandemic and deciding how to spend billions of dollars in federal relief money that the Republican-controlled Legislature has not yet appropriated are among Whitmer's priorities for 2022.

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