Rep. Barrett: Feedback from residents is essential to his job

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State Rep. Tom Barrett of Eaton County is always looking for feedback from local residents. Listening to the concerns of constituents allows him to better represent area residents and families.

That’s why the freshman lawmaker hosts office hours at multiple locations throughout the district on a regular basis.

“This is an opportunity for me to hear what residents are thinking, and what they want from state government,” said Rep. Barrett. “It helps me do my job better and I can’t thank people enough for showing up to share their thoughts.”

Rep. Barrett was elected to serve the 71st House District in 2014, and still serves as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army National Guard.

The representative says that his past and present service in the United States military allows him to have a greater understanding and appreciation for veterans. “I come across other veterans frequently in the district, I’m always happy to hear what they have to say,” he said. “I think they’re happy to have a fellow veteran stick up for them in Lansing.”

Rep. Barrett also said he’s pleased to have the opportunity to talk about the Homestead Property Tax Credit, which was included in the newly passed road funding package as a way to reduce tax burdens on middle class families, and seniors especially.

“Many people don’t realize that the average Eaton County resident will save money because of the tax credit,” said the representative. “I made sure to stick up for working families and seniors in Eaton County when we considered this solution to our road funding crisis.”

Rep. Barrett plans to continue to host office hours in the district on a monthly basis as long as he’s in office.

“It’s an invaluable asset to me and I have every intention to keep the momentum going.”