LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald connected with 2,774 Macomb County residents on Thursday as he held a tele-town hall meeting with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas.
“I want to thank everyone who participated in Thursday’s successful tele-town hall meeting,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The tele-town hall forum allows us to talk with thousands of families and job providers safely and effectively about what we are doing to protect area residents and improve our state. It also offers us a chance to hear from the people about their goals and take direct questions on important issues facing our state and region.”
A tele-town hall meeting is a telephone conference call in which people can speak to the host and ask questions.
MacDonald and Stamas, R-Midland, outlined the newly enacted fiscal year 2021 state budget.
During the tele-town hall, residents asked the senators several questions, including questions about unemployment, the mask mandate, election security, if ballots will be counted if they come in late, guns in the Capitol, if another lockdown is possible, and the COVID-19 protection measures passed by the Legislature.
Participants were able to submit responses to poll questions. When asked about the top issue for the state Senate to address in the next few months, 57% said COVID-19 and 43% said crime and public safety. None of the other options (education, health care and roads) were selected.
When asked if things in Michigan are getting better or worse, 60% of people said somewhat or a little better, 10% said no change, and 30% said somewhat or a little worse.
“It’s always great to answer smart questions from Macomb families and to hear what is most important to them,” MacDonald said. “While it’s good to see life is getting better for most people, there is still work to do, and the pandemic continues to the biggest issue facing our state.”
MacDonald said he will continue to hold coffee hours in a safe manner throughout the district. Residents who were unable to participate in the tele-town hall or cannot attend a coffee hour may contact MacDonald’s office toll-free at 1-866-303-0110 or via email at [email protected].