Today, Rep. Masin visited Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights for the official State of Minnesota Celebration Event. You can see here some of the pictures taken at the event. Very special indeed.
Dick Carroll (image on the right) is 91 years old and his survival story is inspiring! CBS ran the story.
We also received this special picture just earlier today (11/13/2013) of Sandy with a female Veteran. The expression on their faces tells a story! Enjoy.
Workforce Centers Information
Posted on 8 November 2013
WorkForce Center Events and Workshops
A list of all workshops offered in Dakota and Scott counties. Some of the workshops include resume writing, interviewing skills, networking and much, much more.
Employers of the Day
Quite a bit of hiring is going on. If you are looking for a job, take advantage. Business Service Specialists have been very busy helping area companies. More companies are now meeting with job seekers in WorkForce Center Resource rooms as "Employer of the Day."¯ There featured employers incur no charge. Work Centers Staff publicizes to a wide network of jobseekers the employers who will participate. You can find a calendar of employers and where they will be right here.
High School Pages and College Interns
Posted on 7 October 2013
HIGH SCHOOL PAGE PROGRAM
The Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page program is gearing up and is accepting applications for the 2014 High School Page Program.
This program has been in existence for over 35 years, and it provides our state's future leaders with hands-on access to state government in action. This is an exceptionally educational program for high schoolers who are interested in learning first-hand about how the legislative and governing process works in Minnesota. Please click here for more information, including outlines of the program, application and more. You can also contact Travis Reese, Chief Sergeant-at-Arms of the Minnesota House of Representative and the High School Page Program Director phone 651-296-7175 email Travis.Reese@house.mn.
COLLEGE INTERN PROGRAM
A similar program is geared towards college-age students with an interest in governmental and legislative process in Minnesota. The Minnesota House of Representatives Educational Programs Office is now ready to begin accepting applications. Intern placement will begin on a rolling basis in mid-November. Interns can expect to start in early February.
More information, application, and program outline is available here. You may also contact the office of the Sergeant-at-Arms at 190 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55125-1298. Phone: 651-296-7452
Help for Hail and Storm Damage - Update from Rep. Sandra Masin
Posted on 3 September 2013
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
I know the recent storms caused some very serious damage in our area. For those who may be dealing with damage to their homes, cars, or other possessions, there is information below from the Department of Commerce on steps to take to handle the situation.
I know how hard it can be to get the needed repairs done after a storm like this, so please let me know if you have any issues that I can help with.
Department of Commerce
Cracked windshields and dinged roof shingles can cause major headaches. After last night's storms, many areas of Minnesota were hit with hail leaving damaged homes and vehicles. The Department of Commerce reminds consumers to review their auto and homeowners policy, contact their insurance agent, document property damage, and visit Commerce's Disaster Information Center.
Storm Damage to Vehicles Hail can damage the exterior and glass. Coverage for these types of losses is provided by your policy under the "Comprehensive" portion of the auto policy. Some policies call this coverage "Other than Collision".
How to File and Settle a Claim
Call your agent or the claims processing center listed on your "Minnesota Insurance Identification Card."
Document the damage with photos.
Obtain estimates from repair facilities. Your insurance company may want more than one estimate including one from their preferred facility or claims center
Learn more about how to file and settle your auto claim here.
Repairing Your Vehicle
If the repair estimates are less than the value of the auto, the insurer will likely proceed to pay for the repairs. Generally repair of the auto is made by using parts of the same year and manufacturer as the damaged auto (used parts). You cannot be required to accept "after-market parts".
You may choose your own repair facility. However, if that facility is not the low estimate, you may be responsible for paying the difference.
If the windshield and windows are damaged, original equipment glass is not required to affect replacement.
Hail damage can be repaired using the dent-less paint repair procedure. If the procedure does not repair the damage, replacement of the damaged parts would be required.
Can I ask for cash in lieu of repair? Yes, if you don't have a lien holder. However, the insurance company may subtract the profit/overhead that is in the bid of the repair facility. (You can't profit from a claim).
Determining the Market Value of a Totaled Vehicle
If the estimate of repair is close to the market value of your auto, the insurance company will begin to consider declaring it a total loss.
Minnesota law requires insurance companies to pay "the cost of a comparable auto, adjusted for mileage, condition and options in the local market place of the insured" (with all applicable taxes and license fees). Usually this is determined by checking internet sources such as CarSoup.com, cars.com, AutoTrader.com and the local newspaper. An insurance company can obtain a market survey of recent sales of comparable autos from a vendor.
If you disagree with your insurance company over the market value of your totaled vehicle, check with them about whether you can request the "appraisal process." Both you and the insurance company hire appraisers. If the two appraisers can't agree, they jointly hire an umpire to make the decision. You pay for your own appraiser and one-half of the umpire fee.
The Claims Process for Hail Damage - Homeowner's Insurance - Are you Covered?info
If you have suffered a loss, here are questions you should ask and things you should know before you file a claim.
Am I Covered? Homeowners policies do not always have the same coverages. It is very important to read your policy to determine what is covered, and the level of coverage that exists. If you cannot locate your policy, contact your insurance agent or company immediately. Your agent or company will usually be able to address your questions quickly and accurately. Many companies have Disaster Claim Teams that have been sent to the area.
The standard homeowners insurance coverage will cover most of your loss that would occur in windstorm or hail. However, most policies have deductibles that will apply. Coverage will usually cover the replacement cost for the damaged portion of your home, including any upgrades that are required by local codes when damage is repaired. Most contracts cover the expense of debris removal from you home. This coverage is usually provided in addition to the policy limit restriction that applies to the repair of the damage to your home or garage.
Even if fully insured for all perils, some losses will not be covered: Cost of tree and debris removal when structures unharmed, Undamaged property, siding or shingles, Damage to property not involving structures.
What Can I Expect? The claims settlement statutes dictate that companies must handle claims in a responsive manner. However, some of the time frames that are established in the law allow a company up to 60 days to respond to some issues. Most companies will be much more responsive than that. You can expect responses to most of your concerns or problems within a day or two. Though it is not required, some companies have set up programs that allow their on-site adjusters to issue checks in advance to cover some of the additional living expenses and replacement of some essential person property. Once you have made contact with your company adjuster, ask him/her about the availability of such programs.
We Can Help If you have a problem with your insurance company, call our Consumer Response Team (CRT). You can reach a CRT representative between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Phone: (651) 539-1600 or (800) 657-3602 (Greater Minnesota)
Address: Minnesota Department of Commerce, Consumer Protection and Education Division 85 7th Place East, St. Paul, MN 55101
If you are unable to resolve a problem or complaint with your insurance company, the CRT may be able to help. The Minnesota Department of Commerce investigates written complaints against licensees. Investigations seek to determine if there has been a violation of current Minnesota statutes or rules. If a violation has occurred, administrative sanctions (license revocation, fines, etc.) may be taken. The Department attempts to secure the payment of claims or obtain refunds for consumers who have been victimized by licensee misconduct. When filing a complaint: Write, in your own words, the details of the dispute, include as many details as possible such as dates, what was said, policy and claim numbers, etc. Provide copies of relevant documents. Include your phone number and return address.
Legislative Update - 8-22-2013
Posted on 23 August 2013
As you may know, Governor Mark Dayton recently announced that the state legislature will meet for a Special Session on Monday, September 9 to provide much-needed disaster relief for 18 Minnesota counties.
I am pleased that DFLers and Republicans will continue our proud tradition of working together in a bipartisan manner to help Minnesotans impacted by natural disasters. When a storm, flood, or other disaster strikes any part of our state, Minnesotans can always count on their elected officials to support them in their time of need. Now that the details of the Special Session are finalized, we can move forward with providing our communities the support needed to recover.
State assistance is needed to secure federal matching funds, which will pay for 75 percent of costs to repair roads, bridges, buildings, and other public infrastructure damaged by severe storms earlier this summer.
The good news is that Minnesota's economy is positioned for success. The budget passed by the DFL-led legislature put our state on the best financial footing it's been on in decades. As evidence, Minnesota's credit outlook was just upgraded by Moody's, citing our state's "strong fiscal management that has resulted in improved revenue performance, replenishment of budget reserves, and budget balancing solutions that are largely recurring." Last month we saw 4,000 new jobs created in Minnesota. The Department of Revenue is projected property taxes will go down next year for the first time in a decade due to our emphasis on middle class property tax relief. And we've made big strides in education such as funding for all-day kindergarten next year and a tuition freeze for all our college students.
Minnesota's economy is healthy, growing, and poised for long-term shared prosperity. It's my hope we can continue making progress as we head toward the 2014 legislative session.
Posted on 11 August 2013
MNSURE is the name of Minnesota's new Health Insurance Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also known as "ObamaCare".)
Steve Francisco, Access to Democracy co-host and Rep. Sandy Masin discuss an array of topics from welfare, legislation, union, political careers, education and more.
New Laws Going Into Effect July 1, 2013
Posted on 3 July 2013
BUDGET BEGINS MOVING MINNESOTA FORWARD
New Laws Effective July 1, 2013
I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend. In the meantime, I wanted to send out an update on how our budget is being implemented.
Starting at the beginning of this month, a select number of new laws designed to move Minnesota forward go into effect.
The laws are part of comprehensive budget passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton after the 2013 Legislative Session adjourned on time this past May.
Among the most significant laws set to go into effect today are historic investments in education, a big reason why many have dubbed 2013 as the "Education Session."
These new laws are going to have very positive impacts across Minnesota and in our district. We're investing in education and jobs while reducing unemployment insurance costs for Minnesota businesses by $346 million. This is a budget that is good for everyone, and these new laws are a big part of it.
Here are some of the key laws going into effect:
EDUCATION (K12 and Higher Ed):
Free all-day Kindergarten for every child and early learning scholarships for thousands of low-income families to help send their children to preschool.
$485 million investment in new money for K-12 education over the next two years, with roughly half of the new funding going towards the basic school funding formula (1.5 percent increases each year).
Accelerated repayment of the school shift using any surplus in the General Fund at the end of fiscal year 2013.
Two-year tuition freeze for resident undergraduates at the University of Minnesota and all undergraduates at the MnSCU system.
$40 million investment in new money for Special Education.
Problematic high-stakes high school graduation exams replaced with new sets of ACT-style tests designed to maximize career and college readiness.
New achievement goals implemented to build the World's Best Workforce, including fully closing the achievement gap and reaching 100 percent literacy by third grade, 100 percent high school graduation rate, and 100 percent career and college readiness by graduation.
JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
$30 million investment in new money for the Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) to fund proven job creation strategies like low-interest business loans.
$24 million investment in new money for the Job Creation Fund to help businesses make capital investments and create good Minnesota jobs.
New funding to support the Minnesota Trade Office in China and build three additional offices (one of which is designated for Germany) to help Minnesota businesses sell their goods and compete in foreign markets.
$400 million investment for middle class property tax relief, with direct relief for homeowners and renters as well as increased aid for local governments to help continue providing high-quality services like police officers and firefighters.
Fairness restored to Minnesota's tax system by closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the wealthiest two percent of Minnesotans to chip in two percent more.
$346.5 million in tax cuts for Minnesota employers by lowering Unemployment Insurance payments - the largest business tax cut in State history.
Funding for historic public-private partnership between Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic to create over 30,000 jobs in the next 20 years.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:
Five percent pay increase for nursing home workers and one percent pay increase for long-term care workers - the first raise in over four years.
The RED Line Opens Today
Posted on 22 June 2013
The RED LINE officially opens today. Events at Cedar Grove Transit Station on Nicols Road in Eagan and the Apple Valley Transit Station on Cedar Avenue.
Try the bus rapid transit service from the Mall of America down to Cedar Grove/Eagan Station (on Nicols Road, north of
Diffley) and down to Apple Valley Transit Station (155th and Cedar Avenue).
Rides on the Red Line are free on June 22 until the last trip on June 30. Rides on MVTA routes 420, 438, 440, 442, 444, 445 are also free from June 22 to June 30.
The Red Line runs buses similarly to trains but without tracks, along the 5-station 11-mile route. The intent is to provide current bus riders another option and entice more commuters to use the buses instead of their cars when going across the river.
See more information at www.metrotransit.org/metro-red-line.
MINNESOTA HOUSE PASSES MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR ALL MINNESOTANS
Posted on 9 May 2013
Here is a Press Release from Representative Sandra Masin about today's vote in the MN House:
Minnesota House of Representatives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MINNESOTA HOUSE PASSES MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR ALL MINNESOTANS
ST. PAUL, MN - Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Marriage Equality Act, ensuring that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry the person they love. The historic vote passed on a vote of 75 to 59 with bipartisan support.
"Minnesota is a place where we treat others the way we'd like to be treated and today the golden rule is shining bright," said Speaker Paul Thissen. "All Minnesotans deserve the freedom to marry the person they love and we are proud to take this historic vote to ensure same-sex couples have that right."
"I remember playing with my mother's veil as a little girl, knowing even then marriage was special and something I wanted for myself. As an adult, I was free to make that choice. Today, we voted to make sure all Minnesotans have that same right," said House Majority Leader Erin Murphy. "Freedom is ringing in Minnesota with wedding bells for all Minnesotans who will soon be able to marry the person they love."
The bill author, Rep. Karen Clark (DFL - Minneapolis), has been a champion for marriage equality for decades at the State Capitol. She delivered the final remarks before the bill passed off the House floor:
"We are strengthening the meaning of marriage by opening it up to those that are committed to each other as a same sex couple," said Clark.
The Marriage Equality Act passes the Minnesota House after a two year journey in which Minnesotans have been engaged in a conversation about marriage equality.
This bill would allow civil marriages for all Minnesotans, like the kind you get at City Hall and protect religious freedoms for congregations or clergy who do not support same-sex marriage. The religious protections in the bill are widely considered to be the strongest of any state that has legalized same-sex marriage.
The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote on marriage equality on Monday, May 13t.th. Governor Dayton has signaled he would sign the bill into law, making Minnesota the 12th state in the country to recognize marriage equality.
Minnesota House DFL Caucus
Phone: Office: (651) 296-4169 Cell: 612-207-7396
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