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Legislative Update - August 25, 2015
Posted on 25 August 2015

Dear Neighbors,

I’m sure many of you have been or will be shopping for back-to-school supplies like calculators, notebooks, pencils and more. Those costs can add up quickly, but did you know that you can save those receipts and use them for tax breaks on your 2015 state income tax returns? The state of Minnesota offers tax breaks for school-related expenses for Kindergarten through 12th grade students attending public, private, and home schools. Parents can choose one of two options:

  • a refundable K-12 education credit
  • the K-12 education subtraction.
Both programs reduce the tax parents pay and could provide a larger refund when filing a 2015 Minnesota Individual Income Tax Return.

The tax subtraction and credit cover expenses including paper, pens and notebooks, textbooks, computer hardware and software, after-school tutoring and educational summer camps, and rental or purchases of educational equipment such as calculators and musical instruments.

You may subtract $1,625 per qualifying child in grades K-6 and up to $2,500 per child in grades 7-12. To qualify for the credit, your household income must fall below $37,500 if you have 1 or 2 children, $39,500 for 3 children, $41,500 for 4 children and $43,500 for 5 children.

For more information, you can call the Minnesota Department of Revenue at (651) 296-3781 or visit their website at www.revenue.state.mn.us.

Here are two of the most important education-related measures passed during the 2015 legislative session:

General Education Formula: The state was able to meet school districts’ request for a 2% per pupil funding increase for the next two years. This is the amount of funding that schools requested to prevent teacher layoffs and increased class sizes. Our area will see an average increase of $343 per student over the next two years. That’s a critically important investment because we’re currently 24% below the funding levels we were at in 2003 when we factor inflation in.

Early Learning Scholarships: The state dedicated funds to increase the availability of early learning scholarships throughout our state, to ensure all kids have access to quality pre-K. Early learning has been proven to increase student success both in and out of the classroom.

If you have any questions about these measures, or other issues, please don’t hesitate contacting me. I appreciate hearing from you!

As always, thank you for the honor of being your voice at the Capitol.

Sincerely,
Sandra Masin


The Great Minnesota Get Together - Bus Transit to Minnesota Fair
Posted on 23 August 2015

Dear Neighbors,

With the Minnesota State Fair now open, The Great Minnesota Get-Together is the largest state fair in the country, with numbers of attendees reaching a quarter million people a day in some cases.

Getting to the fair can be a real hassle, but luckily we have the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority providing express bus service to and from the Burnsville and Eagan Transit stations and the fair. The Burnsville Transit Station is located at the intersection of Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue and the Eagan Transit Station is at the intersection of Pilot Knob and Yankee Doodle.

Each weekday, MVTA buses will leave hourly from 8:00am at Burnsville and from 10:00am at Eagan, traveling to the Fairgrounds until 7:00pm. Buses return from the Fairgrounds from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

On weekends and Labor Day, buses will leave Burnsville and Eagan every 30 minutes from 8:00am to 7:00pm and return every 30 minutes from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

This round-trip service is provided for the low price of $5 for all riders over 5 years old. Children under 5 ride free. The bus will only accept exact cash, and no change can be provided.

You can find out more about the Express Bus Service to the Minnesota State Fair by clicking here.

As always, please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,
Sandra Masin
 


Legislative Update August 13, 2015
Posted on 13 August 2015

Dear Friends,

On August 2nd, I attended the launch of the Next Generation National Network This is a program geared for state legislators to improve civil discourse. The program is run by the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

The National Institute for Civil Discourse was founded after the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords and is based at the University of Arizona. Next Generation is a program under the auspices of NICD that will focus on state legislators and provide them with resources and skills to resolve their differences in a civil manner.

It was a privilege to be part of the group and to work on plans that will help produce an environment that is conducive to good governance. I am hopeful that this organization will provide the platform to foster positive behavior of all elected officials.

In the evening, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly presented the inaugural Gabrielle Giffords Award for Civility in State Governance to Washington State Representatives Hans Zeiger and Sam Hunt. Representative Hunt was part of the team that met with Minnesota legislators this past January in St. Paul to provide background on the civil discourse program. He mentioned the extreme weather conditions that day during his acceptance speech.


Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (center in turquoise) with legislators after award ceremony. I'm in the front row in a blue jacket. Photo courtesy of CJ Photo Seattle.

For more information on the National Institute for Civil Discourse and Next Generation, please visit the website: www.nicd.arizona.edu

I also wanted to share that my colleague Rep. David Dill passed away after battling cancer. He was a person who was well respected by both parties and always put the interests of his constituents first. I fondly remember the enthusiasm he had discussing flying airplanes and his time spent at Thunderhook Fly-Ins. He will be missed by everyone in the legislature. Please keep his wife Tucky and his son Drake in your thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin


Celebrating July 4, 2015
Posted on 15 July 2015

July 4th was a perfect day for a parade. I want to express my appreciation to all who took the time to participate and to observe this holiday. Crowds were there from the beginning of the parade to the fireworks at the end. And they were spectacular!

Check out our MYSTERY GUEST hiding under the seats of the vehicle - towards the end!!! [click on any image to see a large version.]
























10 New Laws That Go Into Effect Today July 1, 2015
Posted on 1 July 2015

Several new laws that were enacted in the past legislative session go into effect as of July 1, 2015. Here are the highlights:


Increased services to crime victims
Added $1.35 million for crime victims services including $300,000 to provide "culturally specific" emergency shelter programs in St. Paul for domestic abuse victims.

Tuition relief at public colleges and universities
This law provides a $101 million increase in funding for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to help freeze tuition at the two-year colleges. The University of Minnesota received $22 million in tuition assistance, but will still raise tuition next year by 1.5 percent for resident undergraduates and 7 percent for students from outside the state.

Bingo games expanded for seniors
The new law streamlines statutes concerning gambling in MN, by updating the definition of gambling to include software used by electronic bar bingo and electronic pull tabs. It also includes a provision allowing nursing homes, senior homes and senior organizations to hold bingo tournaments more than twice a week.

Rideshare drivers will need more insurance
A new law requires more liability insurance for Uber and Lyft drivers when they're logged into the applications or transporting a passenger. It includes uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage

Read all about foreclosures in your local newspaper
This law requiring notice of a foreclosure to be published in a newspaper of record was ambiguous regarding the location of the newspaper. The revised law requires that notice be published in the county where the foreclosure sale will be held. If that county doesn't have a newspaper of record, the notice may be posted in an adjacent county.

Political Contribution Refund program ended
This program refunded contributions made to political candidates of up to $50 per person per year ($100 per couple). It is now set to expire for two years on July 1. Contributions must be made before the June 30 deadline to qualify for the refund. The application for the refunds are due by April 18, 2016. (See our Contribute webpage).

More forensic scientists and fingerprint examiners
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is receiving an additional $11.4 million to cover the hiring of six computer forensic examiners, a forensic scientist, five fingerprint examiners and more special agents to investigate child pornography and human trafficking.

Public defenders bulked up
The new law includes additional $6.48 million for the State of Minnesota Board of Public Defense due to concerns that public defenders have been hamstrung by high caseloads and increasingly complex court cases. The funds could cover the hiring of about 36 new public defenders. Civil legal services, which represent low-income clients in civil matters like eviction or consumer debt, will also see an additional $879,000 to help victims of domestic violence and prevent improper evictions and foreclosures.

Easing child care licensing for some nonprofits
Some nonprofit organizations that serve school-age children will be exempt from licensing as long as their programs include structured activities and operate before and after school or during seasonal breaks. The nonprofits must also inform parents and guardians that the programs are not licensed.

Countering terrorist recruitment in the state
This law includes a $250,000 allocation to find a strategy to combat terrorist recruitment in Minnesota by groups like ISIS and al-Shabab.

various sources, also MPR



Rep. Masin's Editorial Column in the SunThisWekk
Posted on 25 June 2015

The SunThisWeek published the following guest column article by Rep. Masin in its print and online editions today:

Legislative session leaves unfinished business

by Rep. Sandra Masin, DFL-Eagan
Special to Sun Thisweek
Dakota County Tribune

On Friday, June 12, and into the early morning of June 13, the Legislature held a special session to conclude the work left unfinished during the regular session. Like many of you, I was disappointed that a special session was necessary and a bipartisan compromise wasn't reached sooner. However, I am pleased that the special session has concluded and that all sides were able to come to an agreement in time to avoid a government shutdown. To shed light on this, I'd like to share this recap of what happened.

We needed a special session because three budget bills were vetoed. The biggest sticking point that led to the special session was that the House Republicans didn't want to adequately invest in education. They refused to work with Gov. Mark Dayton and invest just $25 million more in an education bill that he would sign into law. Also vetoed were two other controversial bills -- the jobs and energy bill and environment and agriculture bill. If we didn't pass those bills by July 1, the state would have faced a partial government shutdown.

I am pleased to let you know that the final budget increased our investment in Minnesota's kids and future. The initial budget passed by the House Republicans provided less than a 1 percent increase for Minnesota schools. In a decade where we've seen class sizes balloon and schools cut programs, this would have forced teacher layoffs and even larger classes for our students.

Since the veto, Dayton was successful in getting the House Republicans and Senate Democrats to agree to invest $125 million more in education, which includes a 2 percent increase in the per-pupil formula each of the next two years. In today's dollars, we're 24 percent below the per-pupil funding levels of 2003, so the increase in funding is essential. Still, we could have done better. It was disappointing that House Republicans were prepared to shut down state government over a refusal to invest more in education.

As for the other two bills, we were able to improve them, but I still voted no on both of them because they rolled back decades of progress on clean and renewable energy, and environmental protections and oversight that keep our air and water clean. The environment bill also shifted $66 million out of funds used to clean up landfills, including $8 million from the emergency cleanup fund for Minnesota's two biggest open landfills, one of which is in Burnsville.

Also passed was a small bonding bill that includes a handful of infrastructure projects throughout the state; a Legacy bill that supports outdoors, clean water, parks and arts; and a technical bill making corrections to statutes.

Unfortunately, the Legislature left a lot to do next year. Fixing our state's roads and bridges was a top priority, but maintaining the status quo with a "lights on" transportation bill was all that passed. There also wasn't tax relief for homeowners, renters or farmers. Tuition and debt for students at our public universities is also going to start increasing after the tuition freeze was discontinued. What makes this hard to understand is why my colleagues on the other side of the aisle insisted on keeping nearly $1 billion of our state's surplus on the state's bottom line for a promised tax giveaway next session, largely to corporate special interests.

With a $1.9 billion surplus and a growing economy, we missed a significant opportunity to improve our state for hard-working Minnesotans. I believe our agenda next session should be geared toward hard-working families whose priorities were not answered this session. We should look for ways to make college more affordable and reduce student debt, pass a bipartisan transportation compromise that will fix our state's transportation system, improve workplace conditions for families and workers, and continue to improve our state's world class education system for all of Minnesota's students.
DFL State Rep. Sandra Masin represents District 51A, which includes western Eagan and northern Burnsville. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.
Thank you, SunThisWeek, for printing this column.


Legislative Update June 11, 2015
Posted on 12 June 2015

Dear Neighbor,

Since my last update, we've seen several bills released for the special session. A joint House and Senate Ways and Means hearing took place on Friday that went over the E-12 Education bill, the Agriculture and Environment bill, and a modest bonding bill. Late last night the Jobs and Energy bill was released.

There are several troubling provisions in the Environment and Agriculture bill, but I want to highlight the $66 million that's being shifted out of funds used to clean up landfills. More than $8 million of that is being permanently taken away from the Metropolitan Landfill Contingency Action Trust Fund (MLCAT), which funds emergency cleanup at Minnesota's two biggest open landfills, which are in Burnsville and Inver Grove Heights.

Metro taxpayers, through their solid waste bills, have been paying into this fund for decades.We've been doing so to ensure that our long term liability was responsibly addressed. These two landfills are set to close within the next five years and our laws only required that they set aside enough money to cover a few decades of post-closure care. After that, it's our responsibility to make sure that they are environmentally sound.

Last month, and again this week, legislators received letters from Tom Egan, the Chair of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, calling attention to this issue (shift). In one of those letters he noted that

"there is a danger of the State not being able to fulfill its obligations to landfill maintenance, placing undue and unexpected burden on public and private entities. These entities may not have the resources to step in for the State, creating the danger that unmaintained landfills could pollute our environment and groundwater in the future."

I've attached the Dakota County letters for your reference. Letter 1, Letter 2.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently issued a report on MLCAT and what this shift of funds means for our future obligation. In that report they noted that the "purpose of MLCAT was to cover the costs for landfills where the operators would/could not take actions to address a problem during the 1st 30 year window," and that "Once the two operating landfills (Pine Bend Landfill in Inver Grove Heights and Burnsville Landfill in Burnsville) close down, there will be no more money going into the account. The obligation, however, will remain."

We've been planning for this eventuality and have been responsibly budgeting for it through the fees we pay on our solid waste. For legislators to now raid those funds, with no intention to ever pay them back, is not only irresponsible, it puts future generations at risk.

You can watch the live joint House and Senate Hearing on the Jobs and Energy bill right now, by clicking this link.

A special session to hear this bill is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow, but we're uncertain if that will take place for sure. I'll keep you updated as the special session approaches. As always, please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions you may have.


Sincerely,


Sandra Masin
State Representative


Legislative Update 6-3-2015
Posted on 3 June 2015

Dear Friends,

A lot has happened since my last update. Here is a short take on what's been going on at the Capitol and in the district.

Special Session Update
The need for a special session has grown since my last update. Governor Dayton vetoed three omnibus bills. You can read his veto messages by following these links: the environment and agriculture bill, the jobs and energy bill, and the education bill. I voted against all three bills. Still unaddressed are a bonding and legacy bill. In addition to that, we couldn't pass a tax bill and were only able to pass a transportation bill that merely maintained the status quo by "keeping the lights on."

I started the session with hopes of creating a budget that was balanced between competing priorities, including strategic investments in education and transportation, providing targeted tax relief, and replenishing Minnesota's rainy day fund. All of that progress could have been achieved because Minnesota had a projected budget surplus of nearly $2 billion dollars. It's disappointing that the 2015 legislative session ended without significant progress on the major issues we promised to work on this session.

In the end, partisan differences between the two parties brought us to where we stand today. It appears that an agreement between Governor Dayton and the Republican House Majority has been reached on education, which doesn't fund universal Pre-K, but does increase the per pupil funding formula by 2% each of the next two years. That's the minimum that many school districts are saying is necessary to maintain their current operations. Considering that we're 24% below the funding levels we were at in 2003, this is a move in the right directions.

We haven't heard whether or not any progress has been made with the environment and agriculture bill or the jobs and energy bill. Both bills rolled back decades of progress on making sure we have clean air and water and that Minnesota continued to lead the country in safe, clean and efficient energy production.

I'm hopeful that we'll see a compromise emerge during the next few days as Governor Dayton and the House Republicans negotiate a deal. We've never had a shutdown or been so far apart when our state budget has been so strong. We need to reach a deal soon because if we don't people will lose their jobs on July 1.

Visit to Sioux Trail School
I have been receiving letters from sixth grade students at Sioux Trail School on legislation that they would like to see enacted. Their main topics were: prohibiting smoking around children and in parks, helping the homeless, and lots on distracted driving behaviors. Another idea was to make it illegal to drop cigarette butts around trails and in parks. Yet another wants more containers for plastic bags available so there wouldn't be so much litter.




As a follow-up, I had the privilege of meeting with the students at their school yesterday. I asked how many of them did see people smoking in parks and I was shocked when most of the students raised their hands. I guess we still have a lot of educating to do with adults. It certainly seems like sixth graders understand the problems caused by second-hand smoke. It is impressive to receive the letters and see how aware these young people are about the environment in which they live.

MnDOT Noise Policy Approved
The Federal Highway Administration has approved the MnDOT Noise Policy for Type I Federal-Aid Projects that was submitted earlier this year. You can view the documents at this link. This is pretty timely since those driving on 35E through Eagan get to observe a noise barrier under construction on a daily basis.

I'll keep you updated as we prepare for a special session. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me with your comments or to share your concerns.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin

State Representative


Legislative Update - May 27, 2015
Posted on 27 May 2015

Dear Friends,

Special Session
Due to the late date in setting final targets by the House Majority, many thought it would not be possible to finish the legislative session on time. As it was, there would be no comprehensive Transportation Bill or Tax Bill this year, and some legislative work will go undone.

We were told the Jobs and Energy Conference Committee Bill would make it to the Floor of the House before we had to adjourn at midnight. The Senate was to send it over as soon as they finished with it. As it happened, the bill showed up just a few minutes before our mandated adjournment. Then the manner in which the Speaker tried to get it passed through before midnight resulted in confusion and chaos.

Prior to the chaotic ending on the last night of session, the Republican Majority failed to arrive at a compromise with the Governor on the Education Bill, and he vetoed it as he said he would. And this was after the Governor took preK out of the bill. So the dramatic ending was in vain.

I am very disappointed to report that there will be a special session in the coming weeks to resolve the unfinished business of this year's legislature. It is unclear when the special session will be held, but it will likely be sometime in June. I am hopeful that legislative leaders will be able to resolve their differences with the Governor and that we will have a bipartisan compromise quickly.

Westview PreK
On Friday, I had the opportunity to visit the afternoon Pre-K class at Westview Elementary in Apple Valley along with Governor Dayton, Commissioner Cassellius, other education officials and legislators. It is so amazing to see how much these early learners have already accomplished and how quick they are to adjust to something new. Governor Dayton did a great job of interacting with the students, and that was sometimes a challenge because there were three new little chicks in the room that got a lot of attention.

After watching the children in class, the adults went to another to discuss the program. Superintendent Berenz talked about the way School District #196 is trying to ensure that children will be prepared for kindergarten. One of the teachers mentioned how much progress some of the children had made since the beginning of the year. A kindergarten teacher said that the children who had been in the program previously come into kindergarten with more confidence and learning skills. A mother commented that even though she thought she had prepared her child with basic knowledge, she noticed the improvement in social skills and leadership ability. The principal said the students and their families become a community. The visit allowed us to see some of the remarkable experiences children have in our public schools. Shouldn't all children who would benefit from this training be eligible?

As always, please contact me anytime with your questions, comments and concerns. I can be reached by phone 651-296-3533 at or by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative


May 18 2015 - Last Day of Session
Posted on 18 May 2015

Dear Friends,

We came into Session around 11:00 this morning and have spent most of the day voting on Conference Committee Reports. The first one, the Environmental and Agricultural Conference Report, took a few hours. One of the more controversial portions of the bill is the fact that funds created to help with long-term oversight of landfills are being emptied. This is concerning because Dakota County has numerous landfills. Some contaminants in landfills can be dangerous to people, animals, and the environment, so it is essential to monitor the landfills. A letter from the Dakota County Board states,

Depleting the funds now could leave the State and local governments dangerously unprepared to safeguard the environment.
I voted no, but the bill did pass. This is one the shifts that the Republican Majority consistently used in their Omnibus bills this year. Money is taken from the account and then used to pay for something else. Given the fact that there is still a budget surplus, it makes such actions hard to justify.

The Republican Majority gave up on a comprehensive Transportation Bill, so we passed a "Lights Out" version. This is highly unusual, particularly when this was to be the Transportation Year. At 10:35 P.M., we are starting the Legacy Conference Report. We also heard the State Government Conference Report.

Eagan Police 50th Anniversary
The Eagan Police Department held a community celebration in recognition of their 50th Anniversary on May 14th. There was a formal program, exhibits, activities as well as an Open House at the Police Department. It was nice to see so many of our retired and former members.

Justice Alan Page
On May 14, the Minnesota House of Representatives honored Justice Alan Page for his many years of distinguished service to the people of Minnesota. In addition to his fame as a Minnesota Viking, he made history be being elected to the Supreme Court in 1992 and will be retiring from that position this summer.

As always, please contact me anytime with your input. I will write soon to update you on the final actions of the legislative session.

Sincerely,

Sandy Masin


Budget Concerns
Posted on 15 May 2015

Rep. Masin posted the following letter to the editor of the SunThisWeek paper.


State needs to fund priorities


May 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

To the editor:

With just a few days left of the legislative session, I have concerns with much of the House majority (Republican) budget. With a $2 billion projected surplus, I hoped this session would be a time to make significant investments in our future, including education, transportation and balancing the budget. However, House Republicans have proposed deep cuts to health and human services, underfunding education, and permanent tax cuts for the owners of the largest corporations in our state. For the rest of us, we'll see $50 to $70 in tax relief over two years, but it's temporary and pales in comparison to the big business tax cuts.

The House education proposal increases school funding by just 0.6 percent - a number school officials have warned this will cause teacher layoffs and larger class sizes. School district officials in House District 51A and around the state are saying they need 2 to 3 percent increased on the funding formula to avoid deep cuts. Likewise, we came into session knowing that a comprehensive transportation package is essential to meet the needs of Minnesota's crumbling infrastructure. Yet, the Republican majority's bill shifts money from one area to another, limiting new investments. We need to fix our roads and bridges with a responsible and long-term solution, not another "one time" fix.

Funding for nursing home and home health care workers is at a crisis stage. We are hearing of incredible staff turnover rates and some facilities are closing wings just because they do not have enough staff. These people need to be paid competitive wages, and it's up to us to make the needed investments to ensure our seniors are receiving local, quality care. And again, the majority is postponing a real fix to this problem so that they can provide a corporate tax break.

These misplaced priorities are alarming, but I am hopeful that the final budget put forward by the House, Senate and governor will include sustainable and responsible funding for these critical areas. I will continue advocating for a bipartisan budget that moves Minnesota into the future and puts families first.

Rep. Sandra Masin
DFL-Eagan, District 51B


Legislative Update - April 24, 2015
Posted on 24 April 2015

Dear Friends,

It's been a very busy week at the Capitol. We have spent many late nights on the House Floor examining omnibus finance bills. Tonight, the House will be taking up the Environment and State Government omnibus bills. Tomorrow, we will discuss the E-12 Education bill. I would encourage you to watch some of the debate on the House floor, as these are all critical pieces of legislation that could impact all Minnesotans. You can watch here.

Transportation Bill

This week, House Republicans passed their transportation bill. I voted against this legislation because it does not fund investments in transportation or infrastructure in a long term or stable manner. Instead of finding a sustainable way to pay for transportation, the bill shifts money around with smoke-and-mirror budget tactics that threaten to severely underfund desperately needed infrastructure improvements. For example, the bill shifts money out of port facilities, which would be a terrible blow to Minnesota's shipping industry, and the rest of Minnesota's economy. The legislation also does not deal with the problem of oil train safety improvements. Oil trains run through many districts in Minnesota, including ours, and new safety standards are badly needed to make sure that we don't have an oil train explode in our state, which has been happening across the country in recent months. It is critical for us to pass a serious, long term transportation bill to adequately fund our state's infrastructure, not budgetary tricks that underfund our state's infrastructure.

Jobs Bill
This week, the House Majority's Jobs and Energy bill was also passed. The bill eliminates Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Program, which reduces carbon emissions and promotes renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. Eliminating our state's commitment to alternative energy isn't just bad for our environment, it's bad for Minnesota jobs. Instead of wind and solar jobs right here in Minnesota, the GOP plan would outsource energy jobs to Canada, and we would pay for Canadian hydroelectricity. The bill also would repeal the moratorium on nuclear power plants in our state. The bill also entails a cut to funding for broadband services in our state, which are much needed in Greater Minnesota. The jobs bill also cuts funding for our state's trade offices, which help to promote Minnesotan businesses abroad. I voted against the bill for these reasons and many more.

Survey
I hope you'll take a moment to fill out my legislative survey. Your input is invaluable as I work to represent Eagan and Burnsville at the Capitol. I encourage you to contact me any time with your questions, comments and concerns. You can take the survey here.

Please contact me anytime during the legislative session with your input. I can be reached by phone at (651) 296-3533 or by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn.

Best,

Sandy Masin


Legislative Update - April 24, 2015
Posted on 24 April 2015

Dear Friends,

It's been a very busy week at the Capitol. We have spent many late nights on the House Floor examining omnibus finance bills. Tonight, the House will be taking up the Environment and State Government omnibus bills. Tomorrow, we will discuss the E-12 Education bill. I would encourage you to watch some of the debate on the House floor, as these are all critical pieces of legislation that could impact all Minnesotans. You can watch here.

Transportation Bill

This week, House Republicans passed their transportation bill. I voted against this legislation because it does not fund investments in transportation or infrastructure in a long term or stable manner. Instead of finding a sustainable way to pay for transportation, the bill shifts money around with smoke-and-mirror budget tactics that threaten to severely underfund desperately needed infrastructure improvements. For example, the bill shifts money out of port facilities, which would be a terrible blow to Minnesota's shipping industry, and the rest of Minnesota's economy. The legislation also does not deal with the problem of oil train safety improvements. Oil trains run through many districts in Minnesota, including ours, and new safety standards are badly needed to make sure that we don’t have an oil train explode in our state, which has been happening across the country in recent months. It is critical for us to pass a serious, long term transportation bill to adequately fund our state's infrastructure, not budgetary tricks that underfund our state's infrastructure.

Jobs Bill
This week, the House Majority's Jobs and Energy bill was also passed. The bill eliminates Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Program, which reduces carbon emissions and promotes renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. Eliminating our state's commitment to alternative energy isn't just bad for our environment, it's bad for Minnesota jobs. Instead of wind and solar jobs right here in Minnesota, the GOP plan would outsource energy jobs to Canada, and we would pay for Canadian hydroelectricity. The bill also would repeal the moratorium on nuclear power plants in our state. The bill also entails a cut to funding for broadband services in our state, which are much needed in Greater Minnesota. The jobs bill also cuts funding for our state's trade offices, which help to promote Minnesotan businesses abroad. I voted against the bill for these reasons and many more.

Survey
I hope you'll take a moment to fill out my legislative survey. Your input is invaluable as I work to represent Eagan and Burnsville at the Capitol. I encourage you to contact me any time with your questions, comments and concerns. You can take the survey here.

Please contact me anytime during the legislative session with your input. I can be reached by phone at (651) 296-3533 or by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn.

Best,

Sandy Masin
 


Legislative Update - April 17, 2015
Posted on 17 April 2015

Dear Friends,

Regarding Federal Issues
On Friday April 3, 2015 afternoon, a group of elected
women officials met with Charles Sutton, Field Representative for U.S. Senator Al Franken, in the Senator's St. Paul Office.We were representing WiLL, Women Legislators' Lobby, and the major topic was federal budget expenditures, but we also covered health care, the minimum wage, helping families, and transportation. There are so many issues that need attention now! We also learned that Senator Franken had been on Letterman the night before.

I attended a similar meeting with Rep. Betty McCollum.

MnDOT Noise Barriers
Recently at our Town Hall meeting we had a question regarding the MnDOT noise barriers policy. During the meeting, we talked about revisions to the noise barrier policy and the effects on our community along I-35. I was part of a panel that reviewed MnDOT's noise policy last year. The draft was out for public comments from December 8, 2014-January 7, 2015. It was sent to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for final review and approval.

Currently, a point system has been developed based on proximity to roadway and whether the benefited receptor is the property owner and/or resident. The proposed revision requires a majority of votes to be cast to determine if a wall is built. If less than 50% of all possible points are received on the first vote, a second round of voting is required. If after the second round 25% or greater of all possible votes have been cast, the decision to construct/not construct a barrier is based on a simple majority decision. If after the second round less than 25% of all possible votes are cast, the wall will not be constructed. If there is a tie, where there are equal numbers of points for and against a noise barrier, the noise barrier will be constructed.

For more information, check this MNDOT document.

State of the State
Last week, Governor Dayton delivered the annual State of the State address. In his speech, he focused on the need to continue Minnesota's progress by investing in education, transportation and preserving and protecting our environment. Here is a transcript of the speech if you'd like to read it.

House Transportation Bill
The House Transportation Committee has completed its omnibus bill for the session. I voted against the proposal because of concerns about the budgeting contained within the bill. Unfortunately, the legislation funds transportation with a variety of shifts that move money from one place to another. Transportation funding needs to be stable and solvent in order to adequately provide funding for roads, bridges and infrastructure into the future. The bill will probably come to the House Floor next Tuesday.

Move MN held a rally yesterday at the Capitol to highlight the need for stable and long-term funding for transportation. I encourage you to contact me, Senator Carlson and Governor Dayton with your input as this issue progresses.

As always, please contact me anytime with your questions, comments and concerns. I can be reached by phone 651-296-3533 at or by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative House District 51A


Focus on Alzheimer's Disease
Posted on 20 March 2015

Last week, I attended a reception by the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART). The guest speaker was Michael Weiner, M.D., a professor at University of California, San Francisco and a leading researcher in this field. He put research on Alzheimer's in perspective with research on cancer and other critical conditions. He highly recommended reading The Emperor of All Maladies, a book on cancer. I noticed that PBS has a documentary with this title scheduled for March 30. ISTAART has a conference scheduled on July 18-23 in Washington, D.C.

There are an estimated 100,000 Minnesotans living with Alzheimer's disease, and that figure is predicted to increase significantly as the Baby Boomers age. Symptoms of Alzheimer's include memory loss and wandering.

Several bills were heard earlier this week in the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee on this issue. H.F. 805 was passed and referred to the next committee. That bill directs the Commissioner of Public Safety to set up a working group to study Minnesota's need for a Silver Alert System to aid in the recovery of senior citizens with dementia, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's disease or other mental disabilities.

The Alzheimer's Association has a Helpline available 24/7, 1-800-272-3900.

Please contact me anytime with your input on this and other legislative issues. I can be reached by phone at (651) 296-3533 or by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn.


Open Doors Empty Bowl Fundraiser
Posted on 5 March 2015

My empty bowl from The Open Doors Empty Bowls Fundraiser at St. John Neumann Church. Lots of friends and neighbors there.

There are many in our community who sometimes go hungry and "Empty Bowls" is one of many programs to help raise awareness of hunger and poverty - even in our own midst. The Open Door program has a food shelf as well as a mobile unit to get food to those in need.


Legislative Update - 20 February 2015
Posted on 21 February 2015

Dear Friends,

I have had the pleasure of meeting with many advocacy groups and constituents recently at the Capitol. It is a busy place this time of year and legislators are anxiously awaiting next week's February Economic Forecast. The forecast will provide insight into Minnesota's budget situation - currently projected to be a $1 billion surplus. We must pass a balanced budget this session for the next two years.

Mental Health Hubs
Two bills were introduced this week to make mental health services in Minnesota more accessible. We have heard compelling testimony in committee from individuals affected by our state's lack of mental health resources which can force patients to travel to neighboring states to find an open mental health bed. These proposals would establish and provide funding for regional mental health hubs to improve access to crisis beds, outpatient services and other mental health resources. Improving access to mental health is important to not only those with mental illnesses, but to their families, doctors, first-responders that handle crisis situations and taxpayers who pick up the tab for our current lack of care.

Working Parents Act
This week, legislators unveiled the Working Parents Act, aimed at providing greater opportunity and economic security to working Minnesotans. The Working Parents Act includes five legislative proposals:

Earned Sick and Safe Time: Over 1 million working Minnesotans lack access to paid sick time. The Working Parents Act would guarantee Minnesota workers have access to earned sick and safe time to care for themselves, a sick child, or a loved one, or to seek services due to domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

Paid Family Leave: Only 13% of Minnesotans have access to paid family leave, meaning workers are often forced to choose between their families and their jobs. The Working Parents Act would create an insurance program to provide all Minnesota employees with a percentage of their wages for up to 6 weeks so they can afford to take time off to bond with a new child, care for an elder or seriously-ill family member, or deal with pregnancy-related health concerns.

Putting a Stop to Wage Theft: Wage theft occurs when workers who are denied overtime pay, refused pay for hours worked, or paid less than the minimum wage. The Working Parents Act would crack down on wage theft by increasing penalties for wage theft, extending the statute of limitations on all wage theft to 6 years, and protecting workers from employer retaliation.

Scheduling Fairness and Flexibility: Many Minnesota workers lack a predictable work schedule which can affect economic security and stability for families. The Working Parents Act would ensure more predictability in scheduling for workers, limit last-minute or on-call shifts, and protect workers from employer retaliation.

Tip Fairness for Servers: Several Minnesota restaurants in recent years have deducted the cost of credit and debit card transaction fees from servers' tips. The Working Parents Act would prohibit businesses from deducting credit card processing fees from tips that are earned by servers and make sure that tips given by a customer go into the pockets of hardworking Minnesotans.

Together, these measures that will make a real difference in the lives of Minnesota families. I'm hopeful that we can make progress on these issues this year.

Town Hall Meeting
Please join Senator Jim Carlson and invited guest Justice Anderson at a town hall meeting this Saturday. The meeting will take place Saturday, February 21 from 10:15am -11:45am at the Wescott Library (1340 Wescott Rd Eagan, MN 55123). Justice Anderson will be providing us with an update on the Capitol Restoration Project. I hope to see you there!


In the coming days and weeks, I will be examining many legislative proposals. Please contact me anytime during the legislative session with your input. I can be reached by phone at (651) 296-3533 or by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn.

Sincerely,

Sandy Masin
State Representative


Legislative Update from Rep. Sandy Masin - January 30, 2015
Posted on 30 January 2015

Dear Neighbor,

The 2015 Legislative Session officially began on January 6. In addition to all the newly elected officials taking the oath of office, a number of operating procedures were approved. The highlight was the installation of the new Chief Clerk, Patrick D. Murphy. Pat has been part of the Chief Clerk's Office for quite a while and will do a great job.

After session on January 15th, the House held a ceremony and reception to honor the former Chief Clerk, Albin A. Mathiowetz, for 43 years of service. We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and knowledgeable individuals help us carry out the duties of the House of Representatives.

On the second day, January 7, legislators gathered at the Humphrey Institute for One Minnesota. This gives us a chance to hear from our State Demographer, our State Economist and other resources on issues that will be important during the next couple of years and beyond. The changing of our demographics is particularly important as we plan for the future.

The majority of committee work this month has been getting overviews from various agencies and organizations, but the bills are now starting to come through. I am serving on the following committees: Aging and Long-Term Care, Health and Human Service Reform, and Transportation Policy and Finance.

Recently, I spent a morning at Burnsville High School watching the Robotics Team work on their project, a robot that can stack recycle containers. The students use some sophisticated equipment to accomplish this task. I was fascinated by the 3-D printer. They make many of the parts they need with this machine, parts that they designed. In addition to building the robot, the team is also developing a presentation and a display about their work.

The project has to be done in six weeks, so the students and their adult mentors spend extensive time working on it. It means all day Saturday as well as many hours during the week.

I'd like to invite you to my upcoming town hall meeting with Senator Carlson on February 21 from 10:15-11:45 at the Wescott Library (1340 Wescott Rd, Eagan MN 55123). We will be discussing a variety of legislative issues and all are welcome.

Please be in touch anytime with your questions, comments and concerns. I appreciate hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Sandy Masin
State Representative


Holiday Wishes to All
Posted on 19 December 2014

This is a busy time as we celebrate the Holidays, try to put closure on some items as 2014 draws to a close, and prepare for the New Year.

This is the season for some of us to focus on our respective religious heritage, and of course, our families and friends. It is a time for celebration. Wherever you are and however you observe the Holidays, I wish you peace and joy.

Sandy Masin
 


Rep. Masin at DFL Senior Caucus Meeting
Posted on 10 December 2014

Rep. Masin attended the meeting of the DFL Senior Caucus (South Metro chapter). She spoke about transportation issues for our area and especially issues facing senior citizens.

Ms. Courtney Whited, DARTS Mobility Management Program Manager, provided many specific details about DARTS programs and brought a lot of reference material.

Both speakers answered many questions in the lively discussion that followed their presentations.




Happy New Year Celebration with the Hmong Community
Posted on 29 November 2014

Celebrated the New Year with the Hmong community in my district. Just wonderful!



Thanksgiving Reflection
Posted on 26 November 2014

I look upon Thanksgiving Day as a time to reflect on all the blessings we have as citizens of the United States of America. In addition to living in a country that is endowed with a bounty of natural resources, we have the opportunity to live in a peaceful environment, we have the freedom to worship as we choose, and we have the right to choose our political leaders.

Since this holiday closely follows our recent election, I want to again extend my appreciation to everyone who supported my election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. I am extremely grateful for your confidence in me and I will do my best to maintain that trust.

I want to thank everyone who took time to vote and to participate in the campaign and election process. Benjamin Franklin's quote, "A Republic, if you can keep it," should always be kept in mind. It takes the effort of each and every citizen to keep a government that recognizes the worth of each individual.

We also celebrated Veterans Day this month, a time to honor all those that made possible the freedoms we enjoy in this country.

Perhaps, too, we should also think about the future and the legacy that we will be passing on to the generations that follow us. Will we be able to leave them with enough resources and freedoms so they will have the opportunities that we have enjoyed?

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Sandy


Image says it all!
Posted on 21 November 2014

One of our friends made that sign and took the picture - WE LOVE IT!!! I bet you do too...
[click the image for a larger version.]




Election Results and THANK YOU!
Posted on 5 November 2014

The Election yesterday yielded the following results for our House District, 51A, according to the Secretary of State: With 100% of the Precincts counted, Republican Andrea Todd-Harlin received 6821 votes, or 48.34%. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Sandra Masin received 7262 votes, or 51.47%. There were 27 write-in votes, or 0.19%.

Rep. Sandy Masin released this message:

My sincere appreciation to everyone who supported my election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. I am extremely grateful for your confidence in me and I will do my best to maintain that trust.

I want to thank everyone who took time to vote and to participate in the campaign and election process. Benjamin Franklin's quote, "A Republic, if you can keep it," should always be kept in mind. It takes the effort of each and every citizen to keep a government that recognizes the worth of each individual.

We can now concentrate all our efforts on Minnesota's future.


Many thanks,
Sandy


A Special THANK YOU to ALL!
Posted on 15 August 2014

Thank you to all who made our Primary Election a success: the voters, the judges, and the campaign workers. I want to especially express my gratitude to everyone who helped with my campaign, there are so-so many of you I cannot list each of you separately. But know that your contributions and your efforts mean so much! This involvement is important to maintaining our form of democratic government and our freedom. Thank you again!

We are focusing now on General Election Day on November 4, 2014. We can use all the help you can provide, from financial contributions, volunteer time, displaying yard signs (see below, our new sign), displaying bumper stickers, parading with us, phonecalling, hosting meet-and-greet events, and more. Please click this link for more information.

Please remember to VOTE on that day. If you wish, you can now vote using the Absentee Ballot process. These ballots are available starting September 19, 2014 from the Secretary of State. See information here. If you are not registered to vote, check out the links in the red box on the right side of this page for more information.

We are quite pleased with our new sign:


A very special adventure!
Posted on 4 August 2014

Rep. Masin posted a lovely blog entry here about her encounter with the Minnesota Civil Air Patrol. Enjoy! (Pictures, too!)

(BTW, Sandy Masin holds the rank of Major in the CAP.)


End of 2013-2014 Legislative Session: What Was Accomplished
Posted on 17 May 2014

The House wrapped up the 2013-2014 Legislative Session on Friday 16 May, 2014. For the first time in a decade the session actually ended early.

This biennium (2-year session) was extraordinarily productive. The budgets which were passed were balanced, Minnesotans will experience tax relief in various forms (in the form of tax cuts to low- and middle-income Minnesotans and in refunds of property taxes, as well as renter's credits.) More than 320,000 Minnesotans will receive a wage increase over the next two years as the minimum wage hike takes effect in stages to reach $9.50 per hour in 2016.

Our schools budgets, decimated by the previous administration, have now been restored although much remains to be done to make up for the many years of neglect.

The new budgets and allocations are in areas that invest in the infrastructure of the state and the human capital of the state. Long Term care caregivers to seniors and disabled persons will receive long-deserved wage raises, job creation and broadband in Greater Minnesota, higher education, education from pre-K to higher education will see more financial allocations, and even potholes in the state which damage cars and impede on smooth transportation received attention and financial allocations. And the budget is balanced!

Of great significance is the passage of Women's Economic Security Act (WESA). This act closes the gaps in wages between genders, provides increased workplace protections, flexibility in employment to pregnant mothers, and expands job opportunities for women in higher-wages jobs.

The last session built on several other significant achievements in 2013: Funding all day kindergarten care for all Minnesota families, and the passage of marriage equality.

There is a lot to be proud and please be assured that none of this would have taken place without your steadfast support, encouragement and communications with your legislators - telling them what you as citizens of the State of Minnesota want to happen!

If you like to know more specific information about specific items, please do not hesitate to call my office at 651/296-3533, or email me at Rep.Sandra.Masin@house.mn

Thank you all!

Rep. Sandy Masin
House District 51A


Women's Economic Security Act (WESA) Passes
Posted on 12 May 2014

So much has been going on in the Legislature, culminating months or arduous work and preparation, discussions, and consultations with experts, legislators, and foremost - Voters like you, the reader!

The Women's Economic Security Act (WESA) passes: This is major piece of legislation encompassing various laws that deal with employment fairness, wage fairness, opportunities and wide investments in the future of the State of Minnesota. Rep. Masin was the lead author on the legislative part that dealt with elimination of retaliation against employees who voluntarily discuss their salaries and increase of transparency in the area of wages paid at the workplace.

Gov. Dayton signed this legislation at a festive ceremony in the Governor's Reception Room in the Minnesota State Capitol. The room was filled with legislators, advocates, and their families.

The Act will provides access to higher wages jobs, wage disclosure protections, pregnancy and nursing accommodations, ensure that women have opportunities to increase their economic security, and more. It tries to address some of the issues that have prevented many women in Minnesota from gaining an economic foothold and helps provide a pathway to prosperity. This is long overdue!"

Patricia Tanji, an Eagan resident and the president of Pay Equity Coalition of MN worked on this Act and its components tirelessly! Senator Sandy Pappas was another important contributor and person to help this act become a reality!



Patty Tanji and Rep. Masin at the signing ceremony




Sen. Pappas, Rep. Masin, and Patty Tanji



Patty, daughter Laura and Rep. Masin


Women's Economic Security Act
Posted on 30 March 2014

Last week, the House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee approved a bill (HF 2274) authored by State Representative Sandra Masin (DFL-Eagan). The bill became one of seven parts(*) of the Women's Economic Security Act (HF 2536) carried by Rep. Carly Melin.

Masin's bill bars discrimination or retaliation against any employee who discusses salaries and wages with fellow employees. All too often, a worker is threatened by an employer or fired for participating in a discussion about wages in the workplace. It is the law of the land that employees receive equal pay for equal work, but if they do not have information about the comparable wages, they have no way to secure their rights.

With more and more women in the workplace, the University of Minnesota Humphrey School's Center on Women & Public Policy study found that families headed by women are four times more likely to live in poverty. Moreover, the median pay of women is only 80% of the median pay of men.

Clearly, having more information about the pay at the workplace will go a long way in securing equal rights for women in the workplace in the area of payscales. Said Rep. Masin:

"These bills [Women's Economic Security Act] are designed to make sure all workers have equal rights and opportunities in the work place, [..] More and more households are depending on women to support them financially, and now is the time to address the barriers that are still in place for those women."
Rep. Masin wrote in her blog:
The Women's Economic Security Act builds on Minnesota's positive economic momentum by ensuring equal opportunities for women to succeed in the workplace and provide for their families. Members of the public, small business owners, and religious organizations testified in support of the bill at today's hearing.

(*) In addition to the main bill by Rep. Carly Melin, the other 5 components of the legislation heard during last week's committee hearing were:
  • Rep. Yvonne Selcer: Author of HF 2243 (Women entrepreneurs business development grant program created, and money appropriated).
  • Rep. Barb Yarusso: Author of HF 2259 (Nursing mothers; unfair employment practices clarified).
  • Rep. Will Morgan: Author of HF 2291 (Women's economic self-sufficiency promoted; gender segregation in the workforce reduced; gender pay gap reduced through the participation of women in high-wage, high-demand, nontraditional occupations; women and nontraditional jobs grant program established; and money appropriated).
  • Rep. Paul Rosenthal: Author of HF 2366 (Unemployment benefits eligibility modified when applicant is a victim of sexual assault or stalking).
  • Rep. Phyllis Kahn: Author of HF 2371 (Pregnancy and parenting leave provided, and pregnancy accommodations required).


Tax Relief to more than 1 Million Minnesotans
Posted on 26 March 2014

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

Last week, the House continued their quick pace by passing a bill to offer tax relief for more than a million middle class Minnesotans. Governor Dayton signed it into law just a few hours later.

Much of the tax relief offered in this bill will come through conforming the state tax code to the federal tax code. It helps makes the process simpler for those filing taxes and for those who process them. But because this change took place during tax season, I'm sure you may have questions about how this bill will impact your 2013 tax return.

What benefits were added for the 2013 returns?
1. Working Family Credit
2. Mortgage Insurance Deduction
3. Mortgage Debt Forgiveness
4. Deduction for Educator Expenses
5. Higher Education Tuition Deduction
6. Student Loan Interest Deduction
7. Education Savings Accounts
8. National Health Corps Scholarships
9. Employer-Provided: Education, Adoption, Transit
10. Tax-Free Charitable IRA Distributions

The bill provides $49 million in tax relief for 2013 through these ten deductions and credits. If you aren't sure whether you qualify for one or more of these tax benefits, follow the link HERE to see more details.

What should I do with my tax return?
Once you know whether you qualify for these benefits or not, use this simple chart to help determine what you need to do next.
What to do with 2013 MN Return

If you qualify for one of the benefits listed above AND you haven't filed your tax return yet, the Department of Revenue is asking that you wait until April 3rd to file your return. At that point, all of the necessary changes will have been made to the software that is used to process state returns.

What will happen after I file my return?
You won't need to do anything right way. If you've already filed, or if an amended tax return is needed, the Department of Revenue will contact you by mail sometime after April 15.

What if I have more questions?
More information is available at the Department of Revenue website (HERE). If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me by phone (651-296-3533) or email (rep.sandra.masin@house.mn). I'm always happy to help with any issues you might have.

Rep. Sandra Masin

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