Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to discuss ‘hard work that has to be done’ in annual speech


Detroit – Mayor Mike Duggan will deliver his eighth state of the city speech on Tuesday, focusing on initiatives to help Detroit residents who have felt left out and left behind.

Programs dubbed “People Plan” by Duggan are expected to be a central element of the mayor’s virtual address, along with plans for another level of auto insurance reform in Detroit and details of the distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s new single. Dose of COVID vaccine.

Detroit’s Deputy Mayor Conrad Mallett on Monday gave a comprehensive overview of the key topics anticipated in the speech. Duggan is aiming for a third term as mayor this year.

“This is one of those times when we’re going to talk about the hard work that has to be done,” Mallett told The News. “In full recognition that our employees deserve the best from the hard work this team can do.”

When Duggan announced his campaign for another term in December, he began efforts to raise $ 50 million over five years to fund six programs under his People plan, including helping adults graduate from high school want to receive a craftsman apprenticeship and door-to-door training through door support programs.

The programs have all been deployed to varying degrees, but the funds requested are aimed at continuing and developing them. Mallett said Monday the speech will cover the government’s plan to link at least 2,000 Detroiters to the program.

Mallett said the mayor is also expected to discuss the city’s plan to launch the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and where it will be administered.

The mayor’s public comments on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and his decision last week to refuse a shipment of 6,200 doses resulted in a pushback.

Shortly after the vaccine received state emergency approval, Duggan said he had no plans to offer it and said it would be better targeted at rural communities. Days later, he said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was good, but noted that Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, both of which had already been given in Detroit, were “the best.” He said the city will manage future shipments of the vaccine if necessary.

On Friday, Duggan appeared to be stepping back on previous comments and offering stronger endorsement of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. President Joe Biden’s administration also weighed in, claiming that Duggan’s earlier comments had been misinterpreted.

Separately, the Mayor is expected to revisit the auto insurance issue in Michigan and make renewed efforts to ensure that Detroiters receive fair and equal prices.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a historic auto reform law in spring 2019 to end the state’s unique requirement that motorists purchase policies that guarantee life-long uncovered medical benefits in the event of catastrophic accidental injuries. The state’s new law came into effect in July.

Mallett said the mayor would “build on our earlier issues”. He is expected to look into affordable housing and support for small businesses, especially those hard hit by the pandemic.

“We’re attacking the basics as usual,” Mallett said. “It all has to do with continued efforts to improve the quality of life and get people back to work.”

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Dusty Kennedy