WATCH: Whitmer, legislators unveil bipartisan plan for better childcare


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer was at the Michigan Capitol Building today with a group of bipartisan legislators to announce their plan to increase childcare access.

As many people are beginning to head back into the work place, the bipartisan group said putting a priority on high-quality, affordable childcare is key.

Whitmer was joined by the following people at today’s press conference:

  • Rep. Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann)
  • Rep. John Roth (R-Traverse City)
  • Rep. Greg VanWoerkom (R-Norton Shores)
  • Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland)
  • Rep. Rodney Wakeman (R-Saginaw Township)
  • Rep. Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock)
  • Rep. Kelly Breen (D-Novi)
  • Rep. Ranjeev Puri (D-Canton)
  • Kevin Stotts, Talent 2025 President
  • Alexa Kramer, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Director of Government Affairs
  • Stacy Bytwork, Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce President, representing the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.

The event happened today at 11:30 and you can watch it right here on this page.

According to a statement released by the Michigan House of Representatives, a workgroup was assembled by Governor Whitmer, as well as various lawmakers, caregivers, and members of Whitmer’s administration at the start of the 2021-2022 legislative term. The goal was to prioritize improving the state’s childcare, and creating solutions.

Research by the state has shown that 75 percent of children in Michigan live in an area with limited access to childcare.

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