O’Brien, Schuitmaker host transportation forum

For Immediate Release
Nov. 4, 2013

Contact: Derek Sova, 517-373-0793        Stephanie Bogema, 517-373-1774
Office of Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker        Office of Rep. Margaret O’Brien

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—State Rep. Margaret O’Brien and State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker will be hosting a transportation forum to better inform local officials and members of the public about how Michigan’s roads are funded.

“Road funding has been a major focus for the last two years, and I’ve heard from numerous constituents about their concerns,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “It is no secret that many of Michigan’s roads are in bad shape, and as winter approaches we are likely to see them get worse.”

“This event will provide the public with more information about how our roads are funded and give people an opportunity to discuss options going forward,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton.

Presentation topics will include an overview of how the state’s infrastructure is funded through the Michigan Transportation Fund and other revenue sources, an examination of the condition of Kalamazoo County roads, and information about how road agencies have worked to improve efficiency and make necessary investments for the future.

Featured presenters include Rep. Joseph Haveman, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; Joanna Johnson, Kalamazoo County Road Commission; Pete Pfeiffer, Michigan Department of Transportation; Chris Barnes, city of Portage; and Fred Nagler, city of Kalamazoo. All presenters will also be on hand for a question and answer session afterwards.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Groves Center at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (7107 Elm Valley Drive, Kalamazoo). Snacks will be provided.
Questions can be directed to O’Brien's office at 877-DIST-061.