News From Rep. Pagan

Thursday, April 16, 2015

LANSING - House Republicans took an Orwellian approach to addressing the issue of equal pay for women this week. Instead of using Equal Pay Day to highlight that women still only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, Republicans simply erased all the facts related to the issue from a resolution spotlighting the continuing problem.

 "Trying to hide that there is a serious wage gap issue for women by erasing the facts is not going...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

LANSING — Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) and Representative Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) have introduced legislation today to set a limit on the amount of radioactive waste from hydraulic fracturing operations that could be accepted into Michigan landfills. Under Senate Bill 277 and House Bill 4469, such waste would be restricted to the amount of 50 picocuries per gram and reduce annual amounts accepted at any facility. These requirements are nationally recognized as uniform safety measures for...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CANTON — State Representative Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) held a forum discussion yesterday on the issue of the gender wage gap. The event coincided with Equal Pay Day, the point when women’s earnings catch up to men’s from the previous year. On average, women in Michigan make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. For women of color, the gap is more pronounced.

“It’s been more than 50 years since the passage of the federal...

Friday, March 27, 2015

This week, the Republican members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Education voted to support a budget that fails to make child care safer and more accessible to low-income working families. Despite the governor's recommendation to apply federal funds to bring our state’s child care licensure inspectors from a shockingly high ratio of 1 inspector to every 150 child care centers to a still-high ratio of 1 inspector to ever 100 child...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

“I oppose House Bills 4188, 4189 and 4190 because they make it harder for the over 3,000 children waiting to be adopted to find loving homes. Currently, the Department of Human Services, which oversees adoption and foster care providers, has a policy in place that allows child placing agencies to object to an adoption based on religious or moral grounds without penalty.

“As we know, LGBT families are four times more likely to raise adopted...

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