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Michigan Representative District 21

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  • Derek Moss
    (Rep)

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    Kristy Pagan
    (Dem)

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How should the state assist other municipalities and school districts whose solvency is threatened by its financial obligations to current and future retirees?

Is the way the state funds our cities adequate to ensure safety and service delivery? If not, what changes would you support to our municipal finance model?

When cities are struggling, what is the appropriate way for the state to intervene? Should state intervention – through the emergency manager law or some other avenue – come with dollars attached? Why or why not?

How would you rate the state’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the state’s response.

How would you rate the federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the federal government’s response.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, explain.

Do you believe Michigan’s tax system is generally fair? If not, what changes do you support?

Would you support the establishment of a Detroit Educational Commission that would have authority to site, open and close traditional public and charter schools?

What changes, if any, would you support in the way Michigan authorizes and regulates charter schools?

Do you favor amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity?

Do you support state-level laws modeled on the federal Restoration of Religious Freedom Act?

Have you signed any public pledge to support or oppose any organization’s public policy objectives, such as outlawing abortion or barring any increase in taxes?

Do you support legislation to minimize or eliminate the influence of political parties on drawing lines for legislative districts?

Do you support decriminalization of recreational marijuana?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Do you support the renewal and/or expansion of renewable energy mandates for Michigan energy producers?

Do we incarcerate too many people in Michigan? What would you change in the criminal justice system?

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City of residence Canton
Age 33
Education Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Science, 2004 The George Washington University, Master of Arts, 2007
Vehicles owned Ford Focus, 2014
Campaign Website http://kristypagan.com
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The underfunding of the public school retirement system is exacerbated by the unfettered growth of charter schools and increased privatization of non-instructional services. Requiring charters to contribute to MPSERS and lowering the contribution cap will help address this unfunded liability.
Statutory revenue sharing payments are down from where they were years ago, and local governments have coped by cutting services. We need to reverse these cuts so the vital services that individuals and businesses need can be provided.
The state was slow to acknowledge the scope of the crisis, and its efforts since then have been incomplete. Much of the funding won't reach Flint until the beginning of the fiscal year in October, so the state must continue to do all it can to ensure safe water for the people of Flint.
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In the House Appropriations Committee, I voted for multiple amendments that would have funded lead pipe removal, but Republicans defeated them. I also supported the supplemental appropriations bills in committee and on the floor. In addition to continued and expanded nutritional assistance, special education and wrap-around services for children who were exposed to lead, the state can and should begin removing lead service lines.
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The EPA knew there was a serious problem in Flint, but its actions didn't reflect that. When the health and safety of children and families are on the line, the federal government must act to the fullest extent of its authority and step in as soon as possible.

Emergency funding and approving a temporary expansion of federal benefits was a start. Like at the state level, federal funding for infrastructure is insufficient. Congress could start by providing assistance to remove lead water pipes.
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Michigan's tax system is decidedly unfair. Individual income tax receipts are up by about $3 billion since 2011, while the state now pays more in refunds to corporations than it receives in payments. This is an unsustainable position if we truly want our economy to improve.
Yes. One of the reasons I voted against the House Republican DPS legislation was the lack of oversight that a DEC would have provided, especially when the commission had the support of so many other stakeholders. With input from multiple sources, including the public, Detroit could make well-informed choices about school siting.
Charter and cyber schools should follow the same accountability and performance standards that traditional public schools are subject to. If an authorizer's schools continue to underperform, it should not be able to open more schools.
Yes. I oppose discrimination in any form and we must put it into law to protect all people from discrimination.
No. These laws merely act as an excuse to discriminate.
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Yes. We need to take the politics out of redistricting and instead appoint a nonpartisan commission to ensure compact, contiguous and competitive districts.
I would like to know more about the effects of similar policies in other states. We must ensure that changing the law would not have a negative effect on public safety or public health.
Yes. I am supporting Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
Yes. Expanding our use of renewable energy is good for the environment and the economy. Increasing our RPS to 20 percent will encourage investment in the renewable sector.
Investing in programs and services that prevent crime is the best way to address the prison population. A stronger public education system, increased wrap-around services for at-risk youth and more focus on reintegration will reduce crime and recidivism. That being said, violent offenders should receive tough sentences to keep our communities safe.

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