U.S. Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) used a congressional break to conduct what she called her “two ears and one mouth tour” of the 15 counties she represents.
She met with Globe Mayor Al Gameros and City Manager Paul Jepson, Miami Town Councilman Angel Medina and Hayden Mayor Dean Hetrick, on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Globe City Hall.
McSally told the Silver Belt that she wanted to meet with the mayors and council members with the towns and cities she represents, in order to build those relationships.
Calling it “a very productive meeting” in Globe, McSally talked about economic development activities, as well as economic opportunities in the area.
McSally said the local leaders want to make it where that people who work in the area “choose to live here, too,” instead of working here and living in the Valley.
She said that her discussions included infrastructure and infrastructure funding.
“There is old infrastructure needing to be revamped,” McSally said.
Asked about the government shutdown impacting local federally-funded projects, McSally replied, “Shutdowns are bad. They are not the way to do business. That was my frustration.”
McSally talked about the $333 billion spending package that Congress had passed Feb. 14, so that “every agency is funded through the end of September.”
“We need to get working on keeping it open on Oct. 1,” she told the Silver Belt.
McSally said that she also talked to local leaders about healthcare as well as the issue of meth and opioid addictions.
For a complete report, see the Feb. 27, 2019 edition of the Arizona Silver Belt.