1,200 residents ‘attend’ MacDonald tele-town hall

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Michael D. MacDonald discussed issues facing Michigan and Macomb County with 1,200 area residents during a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday evening.

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

“I want to thank everyone who participated in Tuesday night’s successful tele-town hall, and I encourage those who could not participate to contact my office and share their priorities,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The best thing about using this tele-town hall technology is that it provides a forum to talk with thousands of families and job providers about what we are doing to improve our state and to hear from them about their goals and concerns.

“During this event, a dozen people asked me direct questions on a series of important issues, including auto insurance reform, school funding and various road funding ideas.”

Participants were also able to submit responses to five poll questions, such as whether they support Gov. Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax hike.

“I do not support the governor’s plan to increase the gas tax by 45 cents — a position shared by 95% of our tele-town hall participants,” MacDonald said.

When asked what the most important issue to them was, 38 percent of respondents said health care, 31 percent said the economy and 13 percent said the roads.

“It was great to answer many smart questions from residents and to get their insights on how to improve our state,” MacDonald said. “Based on the results of this town hall, it’s clear that pocketbook issues are still top priorities for Macomb families.”

In addition to tele-town halls, MacDonald said he will continue to hold coffee hours throughout the district to hear directly from the people. The next scheduled coffee hour is Thursday, Aug. 29 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at McDonald’s, located at 2000 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights.

Residents may contact MacDonald’s office toll-free at 1-866-303-0110 or via email at [email protected].