Tele-town hall meeting enables 2,258 residents to share priorities

Published 10:21 am Thursday, October 22, 2015

More than 2,200 southwest Michigan residents were able to share with me their priorities for the future during a recent tele-town hall meeting.

For several years, I have used this technology in the fall to enable thousands of area families and job providers to hear what we have been doing and express their viewpoints.

During this most recent town hall, 11 people asked me direct questions on a series of important issues facing our state and Southwest Michigan. Topics asked by participants included career and technical education, regulations on coal, agriculture fuel taxes and getting people working instead of on welfare.

It was great to hear and answer many good questions from residents. It was also wonderful to get good feedback from residents about how to move Michigan forward.

During the tele-town hall, residents actively participated in the event by submitting 837 responses to seven poll questions.

By more than two-to-one, people sent a message that they are paying enough in state taxes. When asked whether they would be willing to pay higher state taxes to fund government responsibilities, 71 percent said no.

I believe that listening to the hardworking people you represent is a vital and irreplaceable part of being a good public servant.

Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have held a series of telephone town hall meetings as one of many ways I can be accessible to constituents to hear about their priorities.

It’s clear that creating jobs and training people for those jobs are still top priorities for Southwest Michigan families — and for me as well. It’s also clear that people expect their government to live within its means as we continue to improve our state.

The tele-town hall was another great success. I thank everyone who called in and listened or asked a question. Your input is some of the most valuable information I take with me back to Lansing, and I always enjoy hearing your opinions.


Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, represents Southwest Michigan.