LANSING, Mich. — After listening to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2021 State of the State address Wednesday night, Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee Chairman Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, issued the following statement:
“My hope is that 2021 will be a year full of new health and opportunity for all Michiganders.
“Gov. Whitmer also appeared to signal hope in her address tonight, but it remains to be seen whether she is willing to work with the Legislature to restore trust in government and foster a recovery for the state.
“On Tuesday, Senate Republicans unveiled a list of 19 priorities for 2021 to protect Michiganders from COVID-19, make Michigan a welcoming home for new and existing businesses, and get students back on track.
“Over the past year, Republicans have attempted to implement commonsense solutions to the COVID-19 problems we have faced, but the governor has continued to reject those and go it alone.
“It is time for the governor to work with the Legislature to make these goals a reality.
“On a more specific policy note, I am happy the governor addressed the recommendations of the bipartisan Prescription Drug Task Force. As chair of the health policy committee, I was glad to serve on the task force. I am concerned with the price of prescription drugs for our residents, and I look forward to policies that will address this issue.”