Nearly 1,000 residents ‘attend’ MacDonald tele-town hall

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Michael D. MacDonald discussed issues facing Michigan and Macomb County with nearly 1,000 area residents during a tele-town hall meeting Wednesday evening.

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

“Tele-town halls provide a forum for hundreds of Macomb County families and job providers to share their goals and concerns and hear about what we are doing to improve our state,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “I want to thank everyone who participated and encourage those who were unable to join in on the conversation to contact my office and let us know their priorities.

“During this event, several residents asked me direct questions on a series of important issues, including auto insurance reform, animal protections, the county jail and several road funding ideas.”

Participants were also able to submit responses to five poll questions, such as whether they support Gov. Whitmer’s plan to have the state borrow money through bonding to fix highways.

On road bonding, the majority of participants said that the state already has enough money to fix the roads or that the state should focus on local roads first.

When asked if they would support a proposal to create a new tax to raise money for mass transit, 82% of the participants said no.

“According to this town hall, pocketbook issues are still the top priorities for Macomb families, specifically more legislative oversight and refinancing our debts to help invest in roads,” MacDonald said.

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 Friday, Feb. 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, located at 18309 Hall Road in Macomb.

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