State Representative Kristy Pagan

State Representative Kristy Pagan Official page of State Representative Kristy Pagan Working hard every day to serve the great people of Canton, Belleville and Van Buren Township.

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The new epidemic order issued by MDHHS is aimed at limiting residential and non-residential gatherings where COVID-19 sp...
11/16/2020

The new epidemic order issued by MDHHS is aimed at limiting residential and non-residential gatherings where COVID-19 spreads rapidly. Bars and restaurants will be open for outdoor dining, carry-out and delivery only. Gyms will remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures in place. Casinos, movie theaters and group exercise classes will be closed. Professional and college sports meeting extraordinary standards for risk mitigation may continue without spectators, but all other organized sports must stop. Colleges and high schools may proceed with remote learning, but must end in-person classes.

Taking effect on Wednesday, Nov. 18, this order leaves open work that can’t be performed from home, including manufacturing, construction and health occupations. Outdoor gatherings, outdoor dining and parks remain open. Individualized activities with distancing and face masks are still allowed: retail shopping; public transit; restaurant takeout; personal-care services such as haircuts, by appointment; and individualized exercise at a gym, with extra spacing between machines.

Michigan has seen fewer outbreaks associated with elementary and middle schools, and younger children are most in need of in-person instruction. In-person K-8 schooling may continue if it can be done with strong mitigation, including mask requirements, based on discussion between local health and school officials. Childcare also remains open to support working parents.

The teachers, childcare workers and health care professionals continue to serve on the front lines ensuring support for Michiganders across our state. We must take this three-week pause seriously, not only for our own loved ones, but for every hero risking their life and the health of their family as we continue to battle this ongoing crisis.

Canton’s positive COVID numbers are going in the wrong direction. On Wednesday, 36 people tested positive. On Thursday, ...
11/14/2020

Canton’s positive COVID numbers are going in the wrong direction. On Wednesday, 36 people tested positive. On Thursday, it was 74 people. Today it’s 71 people. Please be careful and take all the neccessary precautions.

Attached is the daily report for Friday, November 13th on confirmed COVID cases in Wayne County. This information comes from the Wayne County Department of Public Health and reflects the most accurate data collected at the time the report was run.

This report does not include data for the City of Detroit, as the City has its own, separate health department.

Please follow the advice of medical experts and stay home if possible.
11/13/2020

Please follow the advice of medical experts and stay home if possible.

Attached is the daily report for Thursday, November 12th on confirmed COVID cases in Wayne County. This information comes from the Wayne County Department of Public Health and reflects the most accurate data collected at the time the report was run.

This report does not include data for the City of Detroit, as the City has its own, separate health department.

State of Michigan COVID-19 Exposure Alert App StatewideThe anonymous, no cost and voluntary app lets users know whether ...
11/10/2020
MI COVID Alert

State of Michigan COVID-19 Exposure Alert App Statewide

The anonymous, no cost and voluntary app lets users know whether they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19. Users can confidentially submit a positive test result into the app and alert others in recent proximity that they may have also been exposed to the virus.

Apple App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1527644912

Google Play Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.michigan.MiCovidExposure

TODAY is Election Day! Polls are open from 7:00 am -8:00 pm. Go to Michigan.gov/vote to find your polling location or ch...
11/03/2020
Michigan Voter Information Center

TODAY is Election Day! Polls are open from 7:00 am -8:00 pm. Go to Michigan.gov/vote to find your polling location or check the status of your ballot. Happy voting!

You can't vote in the November 3 Election by registering on this site. To register or update your voter registration for the November 3 general election, you must go to your city or township clerk's office. You can vote during the same visit. Here is what you need to bring with you. All city or town...

Real leadership!! Thank you State Representative Matt Koleszar!
10/23/2020

Real leadership!! Thank you State Representative Matt Koleszar!

At my very first Northville coffee hour in 2019, a Ridge Wood mom named Monya asked me to pledge in front of her children that I would do everything in my power to stop the corporate pollution coming from the Arbor Hills landfill that often times impacted their elementary school.

Twenty months later, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Senator Dayna Polehanki and I shared a podium with Monya Ibrahim as we announced a lawsuit holding Arbor Hills accountable for violating State and Federal air quality levels.

Government works best when it’s advocating on behalf of people. ”

Today, the Michigan House passed Senate Bill 757 that will allow the pre-processing of absentee ballots by one day. Whil...
09/24/2020

Today, the Michigan House passed Senate Bill 757 that will allow the pre-processing of absentee ballots by one day. While I trust our hardworking Clerks to process ballots at any time, this is a small step in the right direction. I voted yes. #RepPagan

09/14/2020

Happy first day of school to Van Buren Public Schools! Have a safe and productive school year!

Today we honor the lives of the men and women who so bravely sacrificed everything on that hallowed day, September 11, 2...
09/11/2020

Today we honor the lives of the men and women who so bravely sacrificed everything on that hallowed day, September 11, 2001.

At the State Capitol, I welcomed Shanita Williams, the widow of fallen firefighter Captain Franklin D. Williams, who died after contracting COVID-19 on the job. We lost two other first responders from our area this year and they were honored as well. Captain Jonathan Parnell died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty. Corporal Waldis “Jay” Johnson died of a three year old gun shot wound to the head after responding to a domestic violence situation. Both worked for the Detroit Police Department.

May we never forget.

This morning I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of House Bills 5054-5058 that strengthen the A...
09/10/2020

This morning I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of House Bills 5054-5058 that strengthen the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) established in Senate Bills 70-76. These bills allow survivors to create a PO Box forwarding system within the office of the Attorney General to protect their location from an abuser. Thirty-seven other states have created ACP programs that have saved lives and protected survivors from stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence and murder by an intimate partner. We are one step closer to making these bills law.

09/08/2020

Happy first day of school to Plymouth-Canton Community Schools! Thank you to our teachers, parents, students and school administrators for making it work! Stay safe, stay heathy.

08/26/2020
Women's Equality Day + Women's Commission Announcement

Thank you Governor Gretchen Whitmer for your serious commitment to making economic security a reality for Michigan women and our families. #womensequalityday

LANSING, Mich. -- On the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced in a video statement that the Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC) will move from the Department of Civil Rights to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). Placing the Women’s Commission in LEO will enhance the capacity of both entities to address the economic issues Michigan women face every day.

“From day one of my administration, I have made a commitment to building a stronger, more equitable state. And we can't call Michigan a home for opportunity unless Michigan women are afforded the same opportunities to be successful,” said Governor Whitmer. “After speaking with women across the state, it’s clear that the economic issues we face, including pay equity, available and affordable childcare, paid parental leave, and the need for more women in leadership roles, can best be addressed by the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and the Michigan Women’s Commission working directly together. When this group of leaders collaborates, we can help ensure women across Michigan are treated with the same dignity and respect as their male counterparts, no matter their race, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.”

08/17/2020

Today, the Michigan House of Representatives is debating how we fund our schools and change educational requirements as a result of COVID-19. These are tough and emotional decisions with so much at stake. I hear the concerns of parents who want a virtual education or in-person learning for their children or a mix of both; I hear our teachers who are constantly put in positions where they are caretakers, educators, social workers, and overall superheroes who are always asked to do the impossible; I hear our school administrators and superintendents who know it will cost more to adapt safely and keep a close watch on the health of everyone who interacts within our school boundaries; I hear our students who want normalcy back in their lives and a quality education put within reach. While today's proposal comes within weeks of schools opening, the crisis we are all facing needs more compassion and honestly more trust in our local school districts to do what is right.

Today, August 13, symbolizes how far into the year Black women have to work to make up for what their white male counter...
08/13/2020

Today, August 13, symbolizes how far into the year Black women have to work to make up for what their white male counterparts made the previous year. Pay inequality is a real issue. We can solve it.

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day where we highlight the wage disparity that Black Women face. Each year Black Women’s Equal Pay Day marks the number of days a Black woman must work into the year to earn what her white male counterpart earned in the previous year.

For every dollar a white man earns, Black women earn $0.62. And now this pay gap, which has not narrowed for Black women in the past 25 years, is at risk of increasing due to the coronavirus.

#equalpayforequalwork

The time is now to keep us safe - from guns and the virus.
08/11/2020

The time is now to keep us safe - from guns and the virus.

I wrote a letter to the Michigan Capitol Commission, which has the legal authority to prohibit firearms from our Capitol, imploring them to discard from consideration the option to **prohibit only long guns.** Being shot by a handgun is not a compromise. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

My sincere condolences to the family of Richard and Patricia Johnson of Van Buren Township. Such a sad tragedy.
07/02/2020
Couple killed in Van Buren Township house fire

My sincere condolences to the family of Richard and Patricia Johnson of Van Buren Township. Such a sad tragedy.

A married couple in their 70s was killed early Thursday morning in a house fire on Lilac Lane near Belleville Road and I-94 in Van Buren Township.

06/23/2020

🚨 Please be aware there are power outages across Canton - at Ford and Canton Center specifically. Kroger is closed. Meijer is cash only. Meijer Gas and Speedway are closed.

06/23/2020

🚨 Please be aware there are power outages across Canton - at Ford and Canton Center specifically. Kroger is closed. Meijer is cash only. Meijer Gas and Speedway are closed.

Today we celebrate Juneteenth - an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States that has been ce...
06/19/2020

Today we celebrate Juneteenth - an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States that has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s.

On June 19, 1865, more than TWO AND A HALF YEARS after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, a Union General arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended.

The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”

Read more about Juneteenth and its history here:
http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

Happy Juneteenth!

06/05/2020

I saw a friend post there are three things you can do right now to combat racism. Let's do these together:

1. Have a tough conversation with someone about race

2. Educate yourself with anti-racist materials - books, movies, websites, articles, literature, podcasts

3. Make a contribution to an organization promoting Black representation or doing anti-racist work

I hope I can take one step towards being part of the solution every day. It's hard work and it starts with us.

Today we #wearorange to end gun violence and remember our work continues. Not one more life. Photo taken in 2018.
06/05/2020

Today we #wearorange to end gun violence and remember our work continues. Not one more life.

Photo taken in 2018.

05/29/2020
Kristy Pagan

Our children are being targeted and murdered. Breonna Taylor was someone's child. George Floyd was someone's son. Ahmaud Arbery had a mom. Christian Cooper has a dad. It's incredibly painful to watch the news these days. But the bright spot is it doesn't have to be this way.

My heart aches. It's painful and incredibly difficult to even have the words to say. I am deeply troubled by what is happening in the country that I love. To the people that I love. Breonna Taylor was assassinated by the police for being in her home. George Floyd was murdered by the police in Minneapolis for being Black. Ahmaud Arbery was killed while jogging for being Black. Christian Cooper experienced overt racism while bird watching in Central Park for being Black. Now a CNN reporter was arrested for being Black while covering the outrage in Minneapolis.

What I can do is to do better. I'm raising a son and a daughter. I will teach them about race and racism in this country. Expose them to our dark, deadly and horrific history. I will read them the news. I will teach them to be a voice for change and nonviolence. And it starts with me.

05/28/2020

COVID-19 Update, Unemployment "Stop Payment" Notification:

The U.S. Secret Service (USSS) recently issued a national alert regarding an international criminal ring exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to commit largescale fraud against state unemployment programs.

The expanded benefits available under the newly created federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program has resulted in increased activity among criminals particularly those posing as self-employed workers or independent contractors to illegally obtain benefits.

Some claims have been identified as requiring additional identity verification steps to be taken. If a claimant has a recent “Stop Payment” notice on their account, they will need to submit additional identifying information in order to receive benefits.

HOW TO UPLOAD DOCUMENTS:

From the MiWAM account, under “I Want To”, click “Send Unemployment a Message” to upload the required documents. You may send you documents through a message 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no need for the claimant to call the Agency or for legislative offices to submit these cases through CRTIS at this time.

In addition to a copy of Form UIA 6347 received in the mail, claimants will need to provide their:

▪️US Passport or US Passport Card,
▪️Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card,
OR
▪️Driver’s license or ID card AND
▪️Social Security Card, or
▪️Original or certified copy of birth certificate

05/27/2020
P-CCS Weekly Breakfast & Lunch for Kids Pickup Continues on Wednesday, May 20

Breakfast and Lunch for Plymouth-Canton students!

During the State-mandated closure of schools, we recognize that students are in need of meals every day. To best serve the community, we have put together a plan for five district sites to make breakfast and lunch meals available on a weekly basis. Families are welcome to come pick up free meals (w....

Happy Eid Mubarak to everyone who celebrated Ramadan!
05/25/2020

Happy Eid Mubarak to everyone who celebrated Ramadan!

Today we remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Wishing you and your family peace this Memorial Day.
05/25/2020

Today we remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Wishing you and your family peace this Memorial Day.

05/21/2020

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The governor’s executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning on Friday, May 29. And the order authorizes small gatherings of 10 people or less starting immediately, as long as participants practice social distancing.

05/20/2020
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Meal pickup for Plymouth-Canton schools.

Food pickup begins now! Come visit Salem HS, Discovery MS, Liberty MS, West MS, or Eriksson Elementary. We will be serving until 1 p.m.!

We are in session today taking a variety of votes on parental rights, court costs, extending the deadline for the appeal...
05/19/2020

We are in session today taking a variety of votes on parental rights, court costs, extending the deadline for the appeals process with the Michigan tax tribunal, and allowing more flexibility in road funding. #mileg

Terrible news. I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of my former colleague, Senator Mo Hood, from COVID-19. A true champi...
05/12/2020
Detroit ex-lawmaker Morris Hood III dies at 54 after virus fight

Terrible news. I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of my former colleague, Senator Mo Hood, from COVID-19. A true champion for the people. Rest in peace.

Morris "Mo" Hood III died from coronavirus Monday at the age of 54. He was a former Michigan state representative and senator from Detroit

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Hi kristy. I live in canton. We were doing really good with covid 3 weeks ago and now since the protesters and rioters decided to gather, our cases are on the rise. This is so unfair to the rest of us. We worked very hard to keep our cases down and now we are all getting punished because of these crazy people. They need to STOP protesting until covid is gone. Please do what u can to get them out.
Trying to get help with Unemployment!! Emailed you atleast 6/7 times Still nothing! Who is there to talk to ?!?!?!? Anyone!?!?!?
Would like to see the sale of vegetable/herb plants approved, so people can also grow their own food. Thank you!
You should really consider attending this event where you will find out about 3 important citizen events that we must get right. Join us, please. https://facebook.com/events/s/town-hall-voter-rights-census-/498848700766101/?ti=icl
Hoping to see that you support the plan for insurance reform negotiated by the leaders and the Governor. If you do: thank you
Really Kristy Pagan???? What a ridiculous bill to throw your support behind. Why would you punish top performing schools rather than celebrate them and their students? Maybe you need to go back to school.
I tried to call Snyder’s office to voice my opposition to those bills. He is no longer taking phone messages. The coward
Kristy, please vote NO on HB 4985 and 4986. Keep the property tax exemption for 100% disabled veterans.
Thank you for voting no on SB1197. This horrible legislation has given away our Pure Michigan Straits of Mackinac to a foreign corporation.
I am heartbroken....stop.this.insanity. please!!!!
Is there a coffee hour today?