Rep. Jack Bergman visits Manistee

Attendees meet with U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman on Friday at the Blue Fish Kitchen and Bar. (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

Attendees meet with U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman on Friday at the Blue Fish Kitchen and Bar. (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Making his way around Michigan’s First Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, made a stop in Manistee on Friday afternoon for a round-table discussion with several local organizations.

The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee hosted a Bergman round-table exclusive event on Friday afternoon at the Blue Fish Kitchen and Bar.

Many local governmental officials and groups were in attendance, such as Manistee County Board of Commissioners, Downtown Development Authority and Manistee City Council, among others.

During the event, which was by invite only, attendees were able to interact with Bergman asking a variety of questions. Some of the topics discussed on Friday were economic development, tax-reform, environmental action for the Great Lakes and veterans support.

Bergman said Manistee was merely one stop among many other “community engagement” sessions, which are meant to serve as a way to gain insight and communicate with others in the district.

“I am here to have a round table with economic development leaders, and do what I do as a congressman by coming around the district as I work my way over to Traverse City,” Bergman said. “I wanted an opportunity to get some information about what’s going on (in Manistee) on the economic development side, but also to answer questions they might have about what we’re working on in Washington D.C.”

Many of the attendees at Friday’s round-table event inquired about the recent tax-reform plan, which the GOP currently has in the works.

Congress passed a budget on Thursday to allow for the full tax-reform plan. Bergman said a bill should be released as early as next week.

“We need reform, but we also need to cut taxes in certain areas,” he said. “Most importantly, middle American working families… where I focus most of my efforts is the small business. Our country was founded on small business, so that’s what I focus on.

“We had to pass that budget because it unlocks the tax-reform. Without the budget tax, tax-reform was not going to happen, so now my primary focus is on tax-reform,” he said. “It unlocks money for the individual, working middle Americans.

When asked about the state of the nation under the GOP, Bergman said although plenty of work has yet to be done, the nation is headed in the right direction.

“We are getting things done. The House of Representatives has already passed almost 300 good pieces of legislation,” Bergman said. “It’s all a process, but to me, the process means everyone has to get involved and get engaged.”

 

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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