LANSING — State Representative Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) was appointed to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee this week. In that capacity, she will serve as Democratic vice chairwoman of the Appropriations Education Subcommittee and serve on the Appropriations Department of Community Health Subcommittee. In addition, she is a member of the House Oversight and Ethics Committee.

“A budget is a document of priorities, and my priorities lie with the hardworking men and women of Michigan,” Pagan said. “I want to see us invest properly in schools, infrastructure and small businesses to help make our state a better place.”

The state’s budget process begins today with the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. Revenues are down significantly from their previous estimate, meaning that the Appropriations Committee might soon consider a midyear budget bill. During the budget process for the coming fiscal year, the committee will also have to work with a shortfall of more than $500 million.

“We’re facing a difficult road, but that doesn’t mean that we should be cutting services that people depend on,” Pagan said. “I plan to fight for a budget that is fair to working families and doesn’t let big corporations off the hook.”

Pagan was also named to the House Oversight Committee, which examines state government and ensures departments comply with transparency laws.

“The people of Michigan know that the rule of law should apply to everyone,” Pagan said. “I’ll ensure that government remains open and transparent to the people it serves.”