News From Rep. Pagan

Thursday, December 17, 2015

During a late-night session, the House and Senate passed Senate Bill 13, which would eliminate the straight-party voting option on Michigan’s ballots. This bill has been particularly controversial, as the elimination of straight-ticket voting has been passed twice in Michigan’s history, and both times been repealed through voter referendum. In order to prevent voters from repealing this bill, House Republicans attached an appropriation of $5 million, making it referendum-proof.

The House Elections Committee heard several hours...

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...

State Representative Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) explains her no vote on House Bill 4822, legislation to address reading proficiency in third-graders, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in the House chamber in Lansing.
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...

From left, state Representative Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) listens as Van Buren Public Schools Superintendent Michael Van Tassel speaks during a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Van Buren Township Hall. Other panelists were VBPS Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jeff Moore, Board of Education member Sherry Frazier and McBride Middle School teacher Jason Strzalkowski.