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    Political divide creates ‘two Michigans’ and hurts everyone

    Mistrust, disinformation and political rhetoric are dividing Michigan and the country, and it falls upon everyone to ease societal tension with compassion and hope, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday in remarks delivered at the Mackinac Policy Conference. 

    During a speech filled with messaging frequently espoused on a campaign trail, Whitmer called on business leaders and others in the state to find common ground in an effort to dismantle toxic divisiveness. 

    “Healing our divide will take a long time. But it is the most critical thing we must do. And the way to close that gap is for all of us to do the hard work of being uncomfortable,” Whitmer said. 

    “Now I know it is easy to think that the things that are happening in Lansing or DC don’t impact my life or my bottom line. But in this case, the disengaged perpetuate the problem. And sitting on the sidelines is not an option. If we believe, as most of us do I think, that disagreeing without being disagreeable is a strength, we have to embrace it. We must live it.” 

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    Whitmer did not provide specific steps for how she planned to achieve broad policy goals she outlined earlier in the week. Instead, the roughly 40-minute speech focused on Michigan’s ongoing economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how working together is crucial to moving forward. 

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