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Veterans Day Celebration
Posted on 11 November 2017

Rep. Sandy Masin posted this entry on her personal blog site in honor of Veterans and their contribution to our country:

The State of Minnesota held its Veterans Day Celebration at the Inver Grove Heights Veterans Memorial Community Center today. It is always an impressive event. For one, the 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band provides the music. Secondly, it is well attended and there is lots of interesting conversation. Third, the speeches help illustrate the importance of observing Veterans Day.

The Keynote speakers were Douglas Bradley and Craig Werner, the authors of  "We gotta get out of this place - the soundtrack of the Vietnam War." They talked about how important music was to the troops during that time. It was easier to have veterans tell their stories if they first talked about the music that was important to them while they were in Vietnam.

The highlight is always when the Red Bull Band plays the songs for each branch of the military and the people stand when the music for their branch is played.

U.S. Senators Klobuchar and Franken were in attendance as were U.S. Representatives Tim Walz, Tom Emmer, and Jason Lewis. They did a very good job of emphasizing the importance of our military and paid tribute to them.

Truly a special way to observe Veterans Day.


Rep. Masin Campaign Kickoff Party!!!
Posted on 16 October 2017


CHEERS to 2 More Years!
We are delighted to share that Rep. Masin's campaign is kicking off!

Sandra Masin is running for the MN House in District 51A, northern Burnsville and western Eagan. She currently represents the same district.

The Kickoff party will take place at Wildcats, 1448 Yankee Doodle Road, Eagan MN 55122, on October 21, 2017, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Location map here

Please come and show your support for our Representative in the Minnesota House who works harder than anyone!


 


Water Quality, Organics Recycling - Legislative Update
Posted on 7 October 2017

Dear Neighbors,

As we get into the swing of fall, many of us are raking leaves, cleaning up our yards, and enjoying the last weeks of warm weather before winter arrives. With the environment and great outdoors in mind, I am sharing an update on the Governor’s Water Quality town hall which will be tomorrow in Burnsville, and info on a new organics recycling drop-off that Dakota County recently announced.

WATER QUALITY MEETINGS
Governor Mark Dayton is hosting a series of Water Quality Town Hall meetings this summer and fall. The Town Hall meeting will offer an opportunity to discuss the water quality challenges facing our community and our state, learn from experts, and engage with policymakers. The Town Hall meetings build on the momentum from Governor Dayton’s “25 by 25” Water Quality goal proposal, announced earlier this year.

The Town Hall meetings will be attended by key members of Governor Dayton’s Cabinet who want to hear from Minnesotans about ways to improve the state’s water quality at the local level.

These Town Hall meetings are free to attend and open to the public. The meeting will run from 6:30-8:30pm with registration beginning at 5:30pm. No advance registration is necessary. A complete list of dates and locations is available online.

Burnsville Water Quality Town Hall meeting took place on October 4, 2017.

PROJECTS FOR CLEAN WATER
In late September, Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District showed us some of the projects that have been done in the county to help with water quality. One was streambank stabilization on a stream very near the Fairgrounds. As it happens, this stream does have good-sized trout in it.

We also visited a homeowner who has put in a raingarden in her front yard as well as some other conservation projects in the back yard that is on a lake. It is great to see individuals taking responsibility to improve water quality. We looked at a church that put a raingarden on the front of its property to help with water quality.

The Minnesota Zoo has a number of projects on its property to mitigate storm water runoff.

It is exciting to see so many projects that will help us in our quest for good water quality. Clean water is essential for life!

Our last stop was at the prairie restoration area on the Fairgrounds where the annual Outdoor Education Days for 5th graders was taking place. There are sites set up where the students can learn about water quality, native plants, and so on. Adults learn a lot, too.

DAKOTA COUNTY ORGANICS RECYCLING
There is now an additional organics recycling drop off site starting November 3rd in Lebanon Hills at the Holland Lake Trailhead (1100 Cliff Road, Eagan). This is a great way to reduce how much trash your household sends to landfills and can help save money if it helps you qualify for a cheaper trash hauling service.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in organics recycling. To sign up call 952-891-7557 or email organics@co.dakota.mn.us.

For anyone who is unfamiliar, about 1/3 of what is thrown away in landfills is organic and can be recycled into compost which is a nutrient-rich soil additive. Dakota County’s organics recycling program uses a commercial facility which allows people to recycle meat, dairy, fruit, and vegetables. Here is a list of some of the accepted and not accepted items.

ACCEPTED

  • All food, food scraps, peels, pits, etc.
  • Coffee grounds, filters and teabags
  • Paper towels, napkins and tissues
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Certified compostable products: Items with the BPI or Cedar Grove certified compostable logo on the product or packaging
  • Hair and fur
  • Popsicle sticks and toothpicks
  • Houseplant trimmings and flowers

NOT ACCEPTED

  • Yard waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Pet waste, litter, or bedding
  • Fast food wrappers
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Paper plates, bowls and cups without BPI or Cedar Grove certification
  • Single-serve coffee pods (example K-Cups)

Dakota County is also hosting free training sessions for anyone who wants more details before signing up. Here are the times and locations of the training sessions which are about 45 minutes long:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Discovery Room at Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan
If you would like to attend the training session you need to reserve a spot by clicking here.

If you have any questions contact the Dakota County by call 952-891-7557 or email organics@co.dakota.mn.us.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


EQUAL MEANS EQUAL
Posted on 29 August 2017

A screening of EQUAL MEANS EQUAL was held at the Humphrey School on Saturday evening to observe Women's Equality Day. It illustrated the many injustices that confront women and the importance of passing the Equal Rights Amendment.

It also mentioned that on the international level, only seven countries have not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Unfortunately, the United States is one of them.

It is time for action. For more information, go to www.equalmeansequal.com
 


Reopening of State Capitol - all weekend
Posted on 12 August 2017

Don’t forget there’s an entire weekend’s worth of fun:

Capitol Restoration Celebrations this Summer!

After four years of repairs and restorations, our State Capitol is now fully open to the public once again! This beautiful building has been returned to its former glory, and there will be events this August to celebrate this beautiful edifice of our democracy. You and your family are encouraged to attend any of the fun events that are planned.

It is the People's House - remember that!

On Friday morning we had the ribbon cutting ceremony and a color guard presentation as we reopened the State Capitol.


 


Most of the events are free, or offered at very low cost. You can learn more by visiting www.mn.gov/mymncapitol

WHEN: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Aug 11-13

WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol Grounds
     75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
     Saint Paul, MN 55155


Learn more about tours, live music, children's events, and fireworks by www.mn.gov/mymncapitol

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


Legislative Update June 30, 2017
Posted on 10 July 2017

Dear Neighbors,

I hope everyone is making plans for a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend to celebrate our independence and freedom!

Happy 4th of July! See you at Funfest!
[Clearly, this was sent out before the 4th of July weekend! -webmaster-]

Our community has one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the state, and I hope to see you at Eagan Funfest! This is a time to celebrate our democracy and the sacrifices of those who fought for the country we have today. I'll be seeing many of you in the parade and other festivities. You can make plans by checking Funfest details here: http://eaganfunfest.org/

Upcoming Hwy 13 Construction will include Overnight, Weekend Single-Lane Closures
It's road construction season! Beginning in July, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be resurfacing both directions of Highway 13 in Burnsville from west of County Road 5 to Highway 101 in Savage.

The project is expected to begin the week of July 10, and will result in overnight and weekend single-lane closures in both directions.

Single-lane closures in both directions are expected from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. on weekdays, July 10 – Aug. 14; AND from 7 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday the following weekends:

  • July 14-17
  • July 21-24
  • Aug. 4-7
  • Aug. 11-14

Additional information on this project is available online at www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy13.

The New St. Croix Crossing
On Monday afternoon, I had the opportunity to tour the new bridge over the St. Croix. It is an impressive structure that is designed to last 100 years. It is about a mile long, about a hundred feet wide, and slightly over 100 feet over the water. The bridge connects Oak Park Heights, Minnesota with St. Joseph, Wisconsin.

The bridge should open later this summer. For more information, see the MN DoT website.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge will be converted to bicycle/pedestrian use only.
 


 


Other legislators and staff joined me to see the new structure


Legislature Suing Governor Dayton
In a previous update I was optimistic that issues between Republican leaders of the Legislature and Governor Dayton would get resolved before they got to court. Regrettably, such was not the case. The case against Governor Dayton, brought on by the Republican House and Senate had its first hearing on Monday. Both the Governor and the Legislature agreed to continue the ongoing funding of the Legislature through October 1st, and the judge agreed to this while the case goes forward. You can read about the case in this Pioneer Press article.

New Laws on July 1
July 1 is the state of the new Fiscal Year and with it we see many new laws coming into effect. You can read a short select list of new laws in each budget area from nonpartisan House Public Information.

Summer Activities for Kids
Don't forget the YMCA is offering free summer access for area teens. Here's a great story from the Star Tribune on that.

I hope you all have a safe holiday weekend with friends and family. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin

State Representative
 


July 4th Parade in Eagan - Pictures
Posted on 8 July 2017

The July 4th Parade in Eagan was quite nice. Weather was very cooperative and the audience was lively and responsive, encouraging marchers. Jim again brought out his fantastic human powered vehicle! Our team was great! Here are a few pictures.

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"FAMILY" Picture of the Masin Paraders

Getting the smiles ready for the parade!

Our youngest Marcher


Rep. Masin's Letter to the Editor 6/22/2017
Posted on 22 June 2017

Our local newspaper, the Sun ThisWeek, published Rep. Masin's Letter to the Editor on 6/22/2017 [see online]. ​

​​Let’s return to good governance

Published June 22, 2017 at 9:39 am

By ​Rep. Sandra Masin

To the editor:

The 2017 legislative session reached new – though not surprising – lows. Politics has always involved conflict; in a two-party system, how could it not? Usually that conflict is tempered by bipartisan agreement and collaboration. In a perfect world, political conflict manifests itself in compromise and meaningful results, but such was not the case this year when it came to Minnesotans’ personal internet data.

This year, internet privacy was just one example of vital public policy falling under the rampaging boots of partisanship. The brazenly partisan move by Republican legislative leaders to weaken our online privacy is shows how politics comes before principle for some at the Legislature.

A data privacy act passed nearly unanimously by both the House and the Senate, which are both controlled by Republicans. Yet that provision was stripped from its omnibus bill in conference committee. This isn’t politics as usual. This is an example of hundreds of legislators’ votes – each one a representation of thousands of Minnesotans’ voices – being casually discarded for the sake of a larger game.

And what a game it is. Those conference committees, run by Republicans, did not seek nor did they respond to public comment. Those conference committees operated under the finger of Republican leadership – Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.

Poison pills in almost every budget bill put short-term political points ahead of Minnesota’s long-term health and stability. Daudt has spent two sessions toying with state employees. The 1,300 Department of Revenue jobs he held hostage this year were just the latest in a string of decisions made to threaten our institutions for political gain.

The willingness to threaten state jobs, as well as the programs and services they provide, makes it difficult to have any regard for a leader who displays so little respect for the vital institutions and people of our state. The Republican crusade to strip local control from communities and place it in the hands of the Legislature and big business is more fitting for lobbyists than public servants.

The line between arrogance and ignorance is thin – for some, there is no line at all.

Rep. Sandra Masin
DFL-Eagan
 


Legislative Update - May 26, 2017
Posted on 26 May 2017

Dear Neighbors,

We adjourned the special session just before 3 a.m. this morning, having passed all the finance bills and sending them to the Governor's desk.

There were significant issues with these finance bills, like Republicans choosing not to fund wage increases for home health care workers (an industry in crisis due to low pay and long hours). Republicans, in an unethical and cruel move, also pitted sick time benefits of workers in Minneapolis/St. Paul against union contract ratification, forcing legislators to pick which group of workers they want to support.

The Governor has said he will veto that bill.

While the finance bills contained objectionable provisions, there was broad support for the last bill we took up in the special session.

Our final piece of business was to pass a $1 billion bonding bill. After not passing one last session, there was pressure to get it done so infrastructure projects around the state could continue. While the original bill was far too small to get the necessary support to pass, I was pleased to cast my vote for this version. It includes bonding funds for the Orange Line, Mall of America Transit Station, and Dakota County's top priority, the Lake Byllesby Dam.

This was a difficult session, which stemmed from the Republican majority's unwillingness to collaborate. All the bills are in Gov. Dayton's hands now. He has three days to sign bills presented to him before the end of regular session and 14 days to sign bills we passed in special session.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin
State Representative
 


May 11, 2017 Legislative Update: DFL Women meeting
Posted on 13 May 2017

Dear Neighbors,

I attended a meeting and press conference with Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, and my fellow DFL women lawmakers on Thursday 5/11/2017. We discussed a range of issues, including women's economic security, clean campaigns, and the preemption legislation that would heavily impact women in our state.


DFL Women Legislators in Press Conference with Govenor Mark Dayton protesting the elimination of the Office on the Economic Status of Women in Minnesota

One of the cuts made in the Republican budget is the elimination of the Office on the Economic Status of Women (OESW). Rep. Rena Moran spoke about the importance of that office in advising lawmakers and
providing information and statistics on women in Minnesota. This is valuable information that legislators must be able to consider when building policy in our state. You can view the press conference by clicking HERE.

Economies perform better as more women join the workforce and obtain economic security; we need to make that a central goal along with bringing more women into elected positions.

To that end, I encourage everyone - and especially women - to consider running for school board, city council, and other elected positions. Having representation that more closely reflects our population is an important step in bringing more women into the economy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the Capitol.

Sincerely,

Sandra Masin

State Representative

Previous Articles: [click on the desired article to view it]

07-10-2017 Jim Smith Passed Away
04-14-2017 Letter to the Editor: A deeply flawed bill
04-09-2017 Letter to the Editor: Town hall takeaways
04-02-2017 Masin/Carlson Town Hall On Health Care
03-17-2017 17 March 2017 Legislative Update
01-30-2017 January 30, 2017 - Legislative Update: Health Insurance Premiums Relief bill passes
01-21-2017 UNCONSCIONABLE!
01-16-2017 A View of Housing in our Communities - Discussion
01-02-2017 Happy New Year Wishes, Legislative Committees

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