Whitmer Highlights Record of Working With Both Parties to Create Jobs, Cut Taxes, and Lower Rx Drug CostsGovernor Whitmer has a track record of collaboration across party lines. “Since I took office,” Whitmer says, “I have been focused on getting things done and I will work with anyone to deliver on the kitchen-table issues that matter most to Michiganders.”

Whitmer Highlights Record of Working With Both Parties to Create Jobs, Cut Taxes, and Lower Rx Drug Costs

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Since taking office in 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been the head of a divided government, with a Republican-majority state legislature; Republicans currently hold a 58-52 majority in the Michigan State House and a 22-16 majority in the State Senate. Recently, Whitmer touted how she has been able to work with the Republican majority on a variety of issues from infrastructure to prescription drug reform to get things done, citing that she has signed more than 800 bipartisan bills during her term.

Whitmer pointed to the fact that she secured support from both parties for serious investments in infrastructure, including the repair or rebuilding of over 13,000 lane miles of road and 900 bridges, supporting approximately 82,000 jobs.

Earlier this year, Whitmer drew praise from Michigan Republican leaders for spearheading a majorinvestment from General Motors, which is expected to bring 4,000 jobs to the state.

House Speaker Jason Wentworth, the top Republican in the Michigan House, thanked Governor Whitmer for her willingness “to work with anyone from either side of the aisle to find a way to make this work.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarkdale, called the news “historic” and noted, “High-quality jobs don’t have a party affiliation.”

In her remarks, Governor Whitmer called the investment “proof of what’s possible when we work together.”

Whitmer has also garnered the support of business leaders like Meijer CEO Rick Keyes, who said the Montcalm County-based company was “proud to support” new legislation designed to lower prescription drug costs for all Michiganders.