Proos: Tele-town hall a great success

LANSING—More than 4,700 Southwest Michigan residents took part in a recent tele-town hall meeting with Sen. John Proos. The meeting was designed for Proos to discuss the year’s accomplishments and hear from constituents about their priorities.

“The tele-town hall was a great success. This technology enabled thousands of area families and job providers to hear what we have been doing and express their viewpoints,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “During the town hall, we discussed our accomplishments and priorities. In addition to having 18 people ask me questions, everyone was able to give their opinion on a series of important issues facing Michigan.”

Proos’ tele-town hall took place on Oct. 10 and 4,769 people participated. It was the latest in a series of tele-town halls Proos has held throughout his time in the state Legislature.

“I strongly believe that listening to the hard-working people of Southwest Michigan is vital and irreplaceable to being a good public servant,” Proos said. “During the tele-town hall, I answered many good questions and sought the input from residents about key issues, such as how best to solve our continuing fiscal situation and road funding problems.

“Although the reforms we made are resulting in an improving Michigan economy and less unemployment, pocketbook issues continue to be the top priority. When asked what issue is most important to their families, 56 percent of residents said creating jobs or growing the economy.”

Participants were asked “Which of the following issues are the most important to you and your family right now?” The top three answers were: 37 percent for “creating jobs,” 19 percent said “growing the economy,” and “paying down government debt” was the choice of 18 percent.

Proos noted that participants were also asked if they wanted a nonpartisan booklet on the statewide ballot propositions to be sent to them. All voters who would like the pamphlet may contact Proos’ office at 517-373-6960 or by email at: The newsletter may also be downloaded from Proos’ website at:


Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at Click on “Podcasts.”