I recently held the latest in a series of “tele-town hall” meetings to hear from residents about their priorities for the rest of the year. It was a resounding success with 8,600 residents participating.
I believe that listening to citizens is vital and irreplaceable in providing the best possible service, and tele-town halls allow me to hear directly from thousands of local constituents.
In addition to having residents ask me 45 questions, everyone was able to give their viewpoint on a series of questions concerning their families and Michigan’s fiscal and economic health. In fact, we received 740 responses to our three poll questions.
It was great to hear the positive opinion residents have about the state’s direction, with 64 percent of participants saying that they think Michigan is moving in the right direction.
When asked what is most important to their family, 18 percent said creating jobs, ranking it third behind health care (23 percent) and government debt (19 percent). This illustrates the tremendous progress we have made to turn around our economy and attract new jobs and investment to our state.
Michigan is on the right track and our proactive reforms are working, yet we must continue our efforts to ensure workers have the necessary skills to get one of the many well-paying jobs currently available right here in Southwest Michigan.
Thank you to everyone who called in and listened or asked a question. Your input is valuable to me, and I always enjoy hearing your opinions.