8,600 residents ‘attend’ Proos tele-town hall

LANSING—During a tele-town hall meeting with Sen. John Proos last week, 8,600 Southwest Michigan residents were able to outline to the senator their priorities for the rest of the year.

A tele-town hall is a telephone conference call in which residents can speak to and ask questions of Proos.

“My most important duty is to provide the hardworking people of Southwest Michigan with the best possible service, and I believe that listening to citizens is vital and irreplaceable in that effort,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The tele-town hall meeting is one of many ways that I am reaching out to constituents and making myself accessible. It’s though forums like this that I can hear directly from and listen to area residents about their priorities for the future.”

Proos’ tele-town hall took place on Sept. 30 and was the latest in a series of tele-town halls the senator has held throughout his time in the state Legislature. Residents actively participated in the event by asking 45 questions to Proos and submitting 740 responses to three poll questions.

Topics discussed included career and technical education, balancing the budget, road funding solutions, services for veterans and Asian carp.

“It was great to hear the positive opinion residents have about the state’s direction,” Proos said. “In total, 64 percent of participants said they think Michigan is moving in the right direction.”

When asked what is most important to their family, 23 percent said health care, 19 percent answered government debt, 18 percent said creating jobs, 16 percent chose education and 11 percent said growing our economy.

“Creating jobs is still a top priority for Southwest Michigan and it remains a top priority for me,” Proos said. “However, its third-place ranking illustrates the tremendous progress we have made to turn around the economy and attract new jobs and investment to our state.

“Michigan is on the right track and our proactive reforms are working, yet we must continue our efforts to help ensure workers have the necessary skills to get one of the thousands of well-paying jobs currently available in our state and here in Southwest Michigan.”

Participants were also asked what they believe is the best solution to solve Michigan’s fiscal concerns. Only 6 percent said to raise taxes, while 64 percent answered to live within our means.


Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Proos will be vailable on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.