For the first time in decades, Democrats won a majority in the State Senate. But even now, Republicans have already outlined some of their priorities, including urging Democrats not to repeal a 2015 law that could automatically cut the state income tax rate this year.
What will Republicans focus on now that they’re in the minority in the state?
“We’re really struggling here – we’re 39th out of the 50 states for education, and it really hurts us in a lot of ways.” – State Senator Ruth Johnson.
Listen: what one state Republican wants to make a party priority.
State Senator Ruth Johnson is a Republican representing the 14th District of the Michigan State Senate and former Secretary of State of Michigan. She says students and young people are indeed partly struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re really in trouble here – we’re 39th out of the 50 states in terms of education, and that’s really hurting us in a lot of ways,” Johnson says.