LANSING, Mich. — During a tele-town hall meeting with Sen. John Proos on Monday, more than 1,800 Southwest Michigan residents were able to express their priorities for the future.
A tele-town hall meeting is a telephone conference call in which residents can speak to and ask questions of Proos. The Sept. 12 meeting was the latest in a series of tele-town halls Proos has held throughout his time in the state Legislature.
“The tele-town hall was another great success. 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,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “During this town hall, nine 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, medical marijuana, the drug epidemic, auto insurance and fixing the roads.
During the tele-town hall, residents also actively participated by submitting responses to five poll questions on scams, jobs, parole reforms, veterans benefits and the direction of the state.
“It was great to hear and answer many good questions from residents and to get wonderful feedback from residents about how to move Michigan forward,” Proos said. “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. Despite the growth in Michigan’s economy over the last six years, roughly half of respondents said they have family members who left the state to find work.”
When asked to name the biggest issue facing Michigan, 39 percent of respondents said jobs and the economy, 33 percent said insurance rates and 20 percent said education.
“I believe that listening to the hardworking people you represent is a vital and irreplaceable part of being a good public servant,” Proos said. “That is why I want to thank everyone who was able to participate in the tele-town hall and to encourage those who could not participate to contact my office with their priorities for improving Michigan.”
Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos will be available later on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.