Potvin, Johnson team up for discussions

MICHIGAN – State Reps. Phil Potvin and Joel Johnson have invited Rep. Paul Opsommer, chair of the House Transportation Committee, to a town hall meeting on July 12 in Evart to update residents on Michigan transportation issues and policies, listen to local concerns and answer questions.

The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Evart Depot, 200 S. Main St. in Evart.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come out and hear what the future holds for transportation in Michigan,” said Potvin, R-Cadillac. “It also is a chance for them to help shape that direction by voicing their thoughts and opinions to Rep. Opsommer, as he and the committee work on policies to address our infrastructure and reinvigorate the state’s economy through transportation.”

Johnson said the town hall meeting was part of a series of special district meetings he has co-hosted to help bring state government to the people.

“Our town hall topics have ranged from government accountability to veterans benefits, so we had a new conversation at each event,” Johnson said. “I have enjoyed the forums and appreciate the feedback we’ve received, because it’s helpful during our discussion or debate on the issues.

“It is especially fulfilling to provide help to our people in need, for example, after one of our veteran town halls, we were able to help secure benefits for a Vietnam veteran who has struggled for more than 35 years with government roadblocks.  It’s positive outcomes like that keep me motivated.”

Along with two veterans benefits town hall meetings in Arenac and Clare counties with House Military Affairs, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Ray Franz and Michigan Department of Military Affairs Deputy Director Jason Allen, Johnson co-hosted meetings in Clare County with House Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Wayne Schmidt on workforce development, training, and retention; in Gladwin County with House Regulatory Reform Committee Chair Town Hall Rep. Hugh Crawford on government red tape and unnecessary regulations; and in Arenac County with House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee Chair Rep. Tom McMillin on government accountability and transparency.

For more information or questions about the town hall, contact Potvin’s office in Lansing at 517-373-1747 or e-mail philpotvin@house.mi.gov. Johnson’s office can be reached at 1-855-JOELJ-97 (1-855-563-5597) or e-mail joeljohnson@house.mi.gov.