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.”
House Oversight Committee member Rep. Jack O’Malley says he is troubled by what he heard at the Capitol Thursday during a hearing with Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Julia Dale on a Deloitte report on $8.5 billion paid out for fraudulent pandemic claims. Rep. O’Malley says he questions whether a lack of answers Thursday results from […]
Legislator: Accountability owed to northern Michigan taxpayers State Rep. Jack O’Malley today said continued transparency issues with the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency does not provide sufficient accountability to taxpayers, and that ongoing reform efforts will help re-establish faith in the agency’s ability to perform. In a joint hearing between the House and Senate oversight committees, […]
Rep. O’Malley talks about how Michigan moves into the new year with $57.5 million for a ‘Move to Michigan’ recruitment plan to help local police and sheriff’s departments hire officers now working in other states. The plan ensures officers moving to Michigan will keep retirement benefits they’ve already earned in states other than Michigan.