News From Rep. Pagan

Thursday, December 10, 2015

“It is not lost on me that the House Oversight and Ethics Committee, the committee designed to provide government accountability, employed an atypical procedural move to get a pipeline secrecy bill off of our agenda because the committee’s chair could not find enough votes in favor of a bill that limits transparency. In Michigan, where the nation’s largest inland oil spill occurred only five years ago, it is unconscionable that the House of Representatives would...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This week, the Republican controlled House and Senate passed a roads funding package. I voted no on the package because it:

  • Raises taxes on working families without actually solving the problem of fixing our roads
  • Cuts income taxes for the wealthiest
  • Drains our state budget while putting funding for critical services in jeopardy
  • Fails to address the issue of overweight trucks, which cause the most damage to our roads

Furthermore, the Republican road plan:

  • Fails
  • ...
Monday, October 19, 2015

Last week, I voted no on House Bill 4822, a bill intended to increase literacy among Michigan's third-graders. While this bill has many positive provisions — identifying students’ reading difficulties early, developing individual intervention plans, employing research-based literacy improvement strategies, and increasing training and coaching for teachers in literacy instruction — I could not support a bill that includes mandatory retention for third-graders who are unable to pass a standardized test. 

Research clearly shows that retaining...

Monday, October 19, 2015

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, I hosted an community forum on education in Van Buren Township. Van Buren Public Schools Superintendent Michael Van Tassel, Board of Education member Sherry Frazier, Director of Curriculum & Instruction Jeff Moore and McBride Middle School teacher Jason Strzalkowski lent their insights on the state of education in Michigan and shared their experiences working in Van Buren Public Schools. As your state representative, I will continue to make education my top priority and...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wage discrimination is an issue across the nation, but here in Michigan, the problem is worse than in most other states. According to data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Michigan ranks 36thin pay equity in the nation. White women who work full-time in Michigan earn nearly 30 percent less, on average, than their male counterparts. That equates to roughly $13,000 in annual earnings lost. The statistics on the wage gap for women of color...