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O’Brien transportation town hall meeting and debate a success
O’Brien transportation town hall meeting and debate a success

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State Rep. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, on Monday hosted a town hall meeting to discuss legislation and options for repairing Michigan’s roads.

"We are always working to find a balance between our state’s priorities and the limited funds we have to work with," O’Brien said. "Monday’s town hall meeting was a great opportunity to hear some different options we have for funding road repairs and I was very happy with the turnout we had."

Approximately 50 residents attended the meeting.

Held at the Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS®, the event featured a debate on current legislation to fix Michigan roads via alternative funding options. State Rep. Rick Olson spoke in favor of the proposed bills while Jack McHugh of the Mackinac Center, a mid-Michigan think tank, spoke against them. State Rep. Paul Opsommer, chair of the House Transportation Committee, moderated the event, which also included a presentation from Joanna Johnson of the Kalamazoo County Road Commission.

“It is clear that people in the 61st District and across Michigan want better roads, and I am determined to consider all options in order to do what is best for our state and our taxpayers,” O’Brien said.