Jobs and Education Focus of State of State

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Governor Jennifer Granholm is expected to lay out ways to create more jobs and encourage more Michigan residents to pursue college degrees tonight.

She's giving her third annual State of the State address at the Capitol. It's set to begin at 7 p.m.

Granholm is proposing that the state speed up $1 billion of investment in roads, bridges, university buildings and housing.

To do that, she'd use money raised through a bond proposal in three years rather than ten.

Granholm also wants to replace the $2500 Merit Scholarship Award with a $4000 scholarship given after students complete two years of higher education.

Her budget proposal for 2006 will be unveiled Thursday.