Rep. Jack O’Malley represents the 101st District in the Michigan House.
State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today issued the following statement after the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration highlighted 2021 accomplishments on infrastructure. O’Malley chairs the House Transportation Committee:
“It’s a good thing Santa Claus travels by air, because far too many local roads in Michigan are still in disrepair and Gov. Whitmer has done little to get our local communities what they need. The facts on the ground don’t match the political chest thumping and supposed progress being promoted.
“The governor chose to bond for roads, which saddles future generations with costs and only fixes lane miles on a handful of state highways with higher volumes of traffic. People I talk to wonder about the potholes on the roads from driveway to highway – which they use to go to work, pick up groceries or take their kids to school. They’re still waiting for those roads to improve.
“Instead of going to impatient tax and spend initiatives, I worked in a bipartisan fashion during the previous legislative term to provide local officials with more flexibility to fix roads. These proposals encouraged more collaboration and different spending structures between state and local officials to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of repairs.
“We still have a long way to go to deliver effective local infrastructure, and it’s going to take more than simply shunting federal dollars like always and expecting the problem to magically go away.”
Rep. O’Malley says the $7 billion investment in Michigan announced by GM Tuesday will have an impact across the state, adding that he is working on using some of the same economic development tools to grow jobs is his district.
Rep. O’Malley, the Chair of the House Transportation Committee, looks ahead to Wednesday’s virtual State of the State Address, saying he hopes the Governor will focus on improving local roads, and convey an authentic interest in rural development and finding common ground.
House Transportation Committee Chairman Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today hailed a multi-billion dollar investment announcement by General Motors as a huge job boon for the state – and an indicator new laws O’Malley played a key role in developing are working to bring opportunities to Michigan. At an event at the state Capitol today, […]
Legislator: Administration must own mistakes, not operate in PR mode House Oversight Committee member Jack O’Malley today expressed his sincere frustration after a joint hearing between the House and Senate oversight panels examined undercounted COVD-19 long-term care facility deaths by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her administration. The committees spoke with state Department of Health and […]