News From Rep. Pagan

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...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

“The School Reform Office (SRO) is responsible for turning around Michigan’s lowest performing schools. Moving the SRO to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget — run by an appointed director instead of an elected board — only buries educational oversight under layers of red tape and bureaucracy and places one of our most important educational offices under a department with no educational expertise. This all comes at a time when our State Board of...

Monday, March 16, 2015

LANSING – State Representatives Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline), Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) and Kristy Pagan (D-Canton), members of the Progressive Women’s Caucus, spoke at a press conference this week about issues relating to women’s economic security. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) was also in attendance, along with other state legislators.

“Women aren’t just 50 percent of our communities — more women are the primary wage earners for their households than ever before. As a single mother, I...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) spoke in opposition to House Bill 4122 when it came up for a vote on the House floor. The bill ends all film credit funding in Michigan. Over the objections of Pagan and other legislators in both parties, the bill narrowly passed, 58-51, and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“At a time when we are talking about supporting new and exciting industries in Michigan, we cannot...

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