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Progress on road reforms, safety for children pivotal during 2019 work
Progress on road reforms, safety for children pivotal during 2019 work Letter to the editor by State Rep. Jack O’Malley (R, Lake Ann), 101st District. An orange construction pillar wrapped lovingly in a string of Christmas lights sits near the entryway of my office in Lansing. A goofy prop, for sure. But it serves as a tribute to the holiday season, as well as the past 12 months I’ve spent trying to deliver better, safer roads for travelers throughout Northern Michigan. Quite often in my first year as a state representative and chair of the House Transportation Committee, I was a sponge. I listened to local officials, road builders and drivers to absorb the issues with our state’s roads. So much time and effort was spent by others this year talking about higher taxes at the gas pump or how much extra money was going to be needed to fix our roads. But I was focused on getting the best value on roads with the money taxpayers already provide. I participated in almost 20 town hall gatherings to receive feedback and formulate a plan – understanding over time that more could be done for local governments to provide options for…