Gov-Elect Whitmer Looks Forward to Taking Office

For nearly two decades Gretchen Whitmer has been a big name in Michigan politics, in two weeks, she will be the biggest name, taking over as Michigan’s Governor.

For Governor-elect Whitmer, her work is going to be cut out for her on January 1 when she takes over the state’s top office.

She’s going to be a Democrat working with a Republican-led legislature but she thinks her experience in that position is going to help her for the next 4-8 years.

“We cannot afford to have leaders just beating up one another and not finding common ground,” says Whitmer in a 1-on-1 interview with 9&10 News Thursday afternoon.

Whitmer’s success, as the 49th Governor of Michigan, will greatly rely on her success reaching across the aisle. Finding agreeable solutions to problems she says don’t have to be partisan.

“We all agree on our kids should get a great education, we all agree that drinking water is a fundamental human right,” says Whitmer, “Basic things like infrastructure and bridges and roads, those are fundamentals. That’s where we can find common ground.”

The past month she has watched a lame duck legislature push through record amounts of bills, final chances to get the Republican way and a few trying to limit her power before she even starts.

“I find it unfortunate that a group of term limited legislators, on the way out of the door, wants to change the rules,” says Whitmer, “Wants to take away powers from people who were duly elected by the Michigan population.”

One of those lame duck bills pushed trough the utility tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac, a plan not satisfactory enough for Whitmer and her administration.

“I want the oil out of the water. I want the oil out of the Straits of Mackinac,” says Whitmer, “I have not weighed in on the tunnel per se but what I am weighing in on is keeping that old pipe line in the water for 7-10 more years when we have already seen how dangerous that is.”

Major projects like Line 5, the Soo Locks and rebuilding roads will need federal help and last week Whitmer went to Washington to meet President Trump as she will be forced to work with Republicans both here at home and in DC.

“I got elected on the Democratic side of the ticket but I’m going to be a governor for everyone in the state,” says Whitmer, “Anything and everything that comes out of Washington DC, we will look at it through a lens of what is good for Michigan and Michiganders.”

Whitmer’s inauguration is scheduled for 10:30 AM New Year’s Day at the steps of the State Capitol.

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