Proos tele-town hall attendance tops 8,700

More than 8,700 Southwest Michigan residents took part in a tele-town hall meeting on Monday with Sen. John Proos. The meeting was designed for Proos to discuss the recently completed state budget and listen to constituents about their priorities and concerns.

“The tele-town hall was an outstanding success — nearly doubling the participation of my last tele-town hall meeting,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “This technology allowed thousands of Southwest Michigan families and job providers to participate in a discussion about the important issues facing our state as well as express their thoughts, opinions and priorities for the future. During the town hall, residents had the opportunity to participate by asking live questions and by voting on questions throughout the meeting.”

Proos’ tele-town hall took place on Monday evening and 8,719 people “attended” the event. It was the latest in a series of tele-town halls Proos has held throughout his time in the state Legislature. A total of 66 residents chose to actively participate by asking questions live or by speaking to Proos and his staff following the meeting, while hundreds of residents voted in the automated questions.

“I strongly believe that engaging the hard-working people of Southwest Michigan on the important issues facing our state is vital to my being an effective public servant,” Proos said. “We had a robust exchange of ideas during the town hall on key issues, such as stopping Medicaid fraud, fixing our roads and expanding career and technical education.”

Proos noted that one poll conducted during the meeting illustrated that Southwest Michigan residents believe the economy to be improving, with 40 percent of people saying the economy is getting better and only 18 percent saying it was getting worse.

“Family pocketbook issues continue to be the top priority, with 35 percent saying creating jobs or growing the economy are the issue most important to their families,” Proos said. “The good news is that this is a 21 percent drop from my town hall meeting last October.”

Residents who were unable to participate in the tele-town hall may contact Proos’ office at any time by calling 1-517-373-6960 or by email at


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