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Join US in the July 4th Parade
Posted on 20 June 2017

6-22-2017 UPDATES:
  1. Our Unit number in the Parade is 67! Line-up planned for Blue Cross Drive, to start at 9:15AM - look for us...
  2. End of Parade Route Parking: Available at Argosy U on Central Parkway.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Come and march with Representative Sandy Masin on Tuesday 4th of July Parade in Eagan!

As in prior years, the City of Eagan celebrates July 4th with a PARADE!!! And again, we are in this parade. Please come and show Rep. Sandy Masin that you stand with her, that you appreciate the work she does on our behalf in the Capitol in St. Paul.

We will update the information here as information becomes available. For more information please call Dorothy Baker at (651) 454-6525. You can RSVP or ask for more info by email here Masin Campaign.

The Line Up: Along Yankee Doodle Road between Hwy 13 and Blue Cross Drive. Line up starts at 9:30am and the Parade will start PROMPTLY at 10:00am.

Parade Route: The Parade Route follows Yankee Doodle east to Central Parkway and it ends there. (There is construction on Central Parkway rendering it unusable for parade and viewing.) Short, but sweet!!!

Click on the image to enlage

Access to the Line up Area: if you are coming from Cedar or Highway 77, take Hwy 13, go north to Blackhawk Rd, turn right on Blackhawk Rd and go to Blue Cross Rd. You a can only go left on Blue Cross Rd., and it goes to Yankee Doodle where the Line up are is.

If you use 35E use Diffley Rd. to exit. Coming north on 35E, get off at Diffley and turn left onto Diffley, then proceed to Backhawk Rd. and turn right.

If you are coming south on 35E get off at Diffley, and turn right onto Diffley then proceed to Blackhawk Dr. and turn right.

Stay on Blackhawk to Blue Cross Drive on the right side, Turn right and proceed to Yankee Doodle where the Line up area is. From 35E to the Line up area is about 2.5 miles away.

If you use Hwy 13, be advised that Yankee Doodle WILL BE CLOSED at Hwy 13, so go to Blackhawk Rd. which is one block south of Yankee Doodle. Proceed to Blue Cross Drive, turn into it and go to Yankee Doodle to the line up area - see above.

Parking at the Line Up Area: Use the Blue Cross parking lot.

Parking at the End of the Parade: The city has not provided specific instructions at this moment so we will provide them on the website as soon as we get them.


Keep The Pace: The parade route is not strenuous, and the Parader units are expected to keep pace! Organizers point out that we lose audience where there are gaps between units.

We encourage all marchers in our group to wear the  GREEN Masin t-shirt  - we then stand out nicely as a block! We may have some t-Shirts available at the line up if you do not have a Masin t-shirt.

If you wish to just view the Parade and not march - go for it - you now know the route and the time and how to get there!

Bring a Hat - Protect yourself and your skin from Sun Exposure: You know best how sensitive your skin is - PLEASE TAKE CARE OF IT.

Bring a bottle of water!!! July 4th can be a hot day and it is imperative that you keep yourself well-hydrated! Take care of yourself and have fun!

July 4th Organizing Committee
Rep. Sandy Masin MN House 51A Campaign

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.


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.


Sandra Masin

State Representative

Letter to the Editor: A deeply flawed bill
Posted on 14 April 2017

Our MN House Representative, Rep. Sandy Masin sent a letter to the editor in the SunThisWeek on April 13, 2017 titled A deeply flawed bill. Thank you SunThisWeek for publishing this important letter.

To the editor:

Last Friday, the Republican majority passed the Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill 74 - 53 [in the House]. I voted against it, as it is a deeply flawed bill that does not prioritize the health and safety of Minnesotans.

Elections have consequences and in this case, the consequence is a Republican-backed piece of legislation aiming to cut $600 million from the health and human services budget. After years of fiscal responsibility and structural balance in the state budget, Republicans had the money to give a raise to the overworked and underpaid home health care workers. There was money to create safer environments at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter as well but those workers -­ and those patients - were left behind.

For the majority party to place these workers and patients in increasingly vulnerable positions by assigning them such low priority indicates either an unwillingness to put people first or a stunningly out of touch style of thinking that will be measured in poor health, injuries, and death. The elderly and the disabled stand to suffer as they lose the caregivers they need to sustain them and provide them with the quality of life they deserve.

It is the height of irresponsibility to ignore the indicators of a caregiving industry in crisis and the very apex of immorality to let that ignorance damage the lives of Minnesotans who can mount no defense against it.

This was a bad bill, happy to parade its austerity under the guise of efficiency. All it really does is leave the most vulnerable behind.

Rep. Sandra Masin


Letter to the Editor: Town hall takeaways
Posted on 9 April 2017

This weekend, Mr. John Wells of Eagan wrote a letter to the editor in the SunThisWeek - see here.

To the editor:

Last Saturday, State Sen. Jim Carlson and Rep. Sandra Masin had a conversation with the people they represent. The cafeteria at Metcalf Middle School was filled with interested citizens. While the focus was on health care, they told us about the various bills being debated at the state Capitol, from health care to transportation and questions of budget.

Two concerns stood out.

First was Rep. Masin's impassioned call for better treatment of home health care workers serving our loved ones. Their salaries are set by the Legislature and start at a meager $11 per hour. The average worker earns a little over $12 per hour. These are the people who bathe our mothers and fathers and attend to their daily needs. Cashiers at Aldi's start at $14 an hour. Something is wrong with this picture.

We can do better than the 4 percent increase one bill would give these caregivers, especially with the huge budget surplus we expect next biennium.

Second, Sen. Carlson noted a bill that would give insurance companies $542 million to "encourage" them to lower premiums of people on the individual health insurance market. Few trust it will do this. We learned Monday this top Republican policy will become law this week without Gov Mark Dayton’s signature. Sometimes compromise is ugly.

Finally, we heard from Sen. John Marty and Rep. David Bly about a long-term solution to health care in Minnesota. Their bill, the Minnesota Health Plan, would establish a system like Medicare for all, but including dental and optical coverage. This is dreaming big, but maybe it's about time.

My "take-home" thoughts:

We are fortunate to have this senator and this representative working for us in St. Paul. Communication in their town halls is two-way. They talk and they listen well, too. They care to hear what we think. They are present and accessible to every constituent.

That's public service in the very best Minnesota tradition.

John Wells


Masin/Carlson Town Hall On Health Care
Posted on 2 April 2017

Thank you to all who attended the Town Hall Meeting on Saturday at Metcalf Middle Schoool.

There were over a hundred people who came, so there is a broad concern about our health care system. Senator Carlson and I were very pleased to have a number of people help us focus on issues in the health care field.

Bernadine (Bunny) Engledorf presented some of the priorities of the Minnesota Nurses Association. Safe staffing is still a top concern in many hospitals . This ranges from patients not receiving appropriate medications and help in a timely manner to violence against nurses and other personnel.

Beth Tollefson of Living Well talked about the difficulty in keeping staff in group homes and community facilities. The turnover rate for their company is well over 40%. The problem is the compensation is so low that people can make more money in fast-food places and grocery stores without all the stress involved in helping our most vulnerable citizens. The pay is set by the legislature and has not kept up with rising costs over the past decade. House File 873/Senate File 669 provide for a 4% raise. The speaker said that is not nearly enough, but it is something. House File 1776 by Representative Considine has a 10% percent increase.

At this point, it is uncertain whether either of these bills will be passed this year. This would be a travesty! The need is critical and people believe their taxes should be used to help in this area.

A resident talked about his experiences working in medical clinics in refugee camps. He stressed that about half of the people there are children. He mentioned one child that is a triple amputee.

Then Senator John Marty talked about the health care access in our country and the fact that other countries have better outcomes than our country in spite of all the money spent here. He is the author of the Minnesota Health Plan bill in the Senate.

Representative David Bly, who carries the bill in the House, also made some comments about the shortfalls of our current health system. We were fortunate to have others present who provided additional information about health care and health insurance.

There is much work to be done in this area and no time to lose in creating a system that benefits all.

17 March 2017 Legislative Update
Posted on 17 March 2017

Our second committee deadline is Friday at midnight and we're hearing numerous bills in each committee to meet it. Hopefully it will help us avoid any end-of-session chaos.

HF5 v MinnesotaCare Option
On Monday, the House passed a Republican reinsurance plan that will subsidize insurance companies. It also establishes an 11-member board to administer the program - a majority of board members will be representing those insurance companies.

The Republican author said numerous times in committee and on the floor that he doesn't know the impact of the legislation, which means $400 million in taxpayer money is being given to insurance companies with no guarantee of it reducing premiums, stabilizing the market, or increasing access. For those reasons, I voted no.

Democrats provided a more affordable option by allowing the public to 'buy-in' to MinnesotaCare, a successful plan that has worked well in Minnesota for 25 years. Participant premiums would cover the entire cost of their policies, meaning there would be no ongoing cost to taxpayers.

Outside of the metro area, Minnesotans will have access to a broad network of physicians and care providers, delivering more choice to families selecting health care providers.

Supplemental Budget and Targets
On February 28, the budget forecast was released. Gov. Dayton is finishing his supplemental budget and we should get the details shortly.

The Republican House majority have yet to announce their budget targets, which are the final pieces of information committee chairs need to assemble their committee's budgets.

Town Hall Reminder
I'll be hosting a town hall meeting with Sen. Jim Carlson on Saturday, April 1 at Metcalf Middle School in Burnsville. We’ll be joined by Sen. John Marty and others to speak about health care issues.

Legislative Town Hall
Metcalf Middle School Cafeteria
Sat. April 1, 2017
10:00am - 12:00 noon
2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville, MN, 55337

Town halls are always valuable for us to communicate with the people we represent. All constituents are invited and I hope to see you there!

Capitol Visitors
I had the pleasure of meeting with people participating in Homeless Day on the Hill as well as speaking with a group of Burnsville High School students. It's always great to meet Minnesotans of all ages and talk about issues that matter to them.

Rep. Masin with Homeless Day on the Hill participants

Rep. Masin talks with Burnsville High School students

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

Sandra Masin
State Representative

January 30, 2017 - Legislative Update: Health Insurance Premiums Relief bill passes
Posted on 30 January 2017

Dear Neighbors,

As we wrap up the fourth week of the legislative session, here's an update on where things currently stand:

Premium Relief
I supported Gov. Dayton's plan for an immediate rebate for those affected by the drastic increases in the individual market since he released it three months ago. The original Republican bill would have delayed relief until 2018 due to red tape and would have allowed insurance companies to sell policies that don't cover things like cancer, emergency services and nearly 100 other health issues.

I'm pleased that the Republican majority chose to use Gov. Dayton's plan to ensure Minnesotans get the relief they need and that the other provisions detailed above were removed from the bill as well.

But Gov. Dayton's plan was on the table for months and Republicans withheld the relief until five days before the end of open enrollment; even then, they made sure the price of providing relief to our neighbors was accepting untested reforms to the market, including allowing for-profit insurers to operate in our state.

Potentially destabilizing the market with reforms that haven't been subjected to sufficient analysis is irresponsible and could threaten the quality of our care.

Gov. Dayton's budget
On Tuesday, Gov. Dayton released his budget proposal for 2018 and 2019. It is called the Opportunity Agenda for a Better Minnesota and focuses on strategies to create opportunity and build an economy that works for everyone around the state.

Parts of his budget include sustainable increases in education funding and tax cuts for Minnesota families, while he's also stated his commitment to making the state government as efficient, lean and responsive as possible.
These are healthy, responsible goals for us to work toward and I'm looking forward to contributing to this progress.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to the topics above or anything else, please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Sandra Masin
State Representative

Posted on 21 January 2017

Last Thursday evening the Minnesota House - controlled and dominated by GOP legislators led by Speaker Kurt Daudt, voted to pass HF-1. This bill was supposed to provide insurance premium relief to over 120,000 Minnesotans, who this year have to cope with HUGE INCREASES in payments for their health insurance. These are Minnesotans whose income is above the level where they qualify for subsidies - over 120,000 people. These are people like yourself who work hard, sometimes holding down more than one job to make ends meet, your neighbors, co-workers.

Instead of providing financial relief to these people who are victimized by health insurance companies outrageous raises of premiums, the GOP doubled down on their misery!

Gov. Dayton released this detailed response to the approval of HF-1 by GOP Legislators. It is shocking to read what they did.

Rep. Masin voted AGAINST this "relief" bill, and stated the following:

"A disastrous response to people who are concerned about obtaining health insurance to cover their healthcare. The Governor's message gives some of the sordid details of the Republican bill that passed off the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday evening. What is the point of paying for health insurance if it doesn't provide necessary coverage for anything? Why provide money to insurance companies that show no concern for people's well being?

Please contact the Speaker of the House, legislators saying Minnesotans needs something that works for our residents. Please ask the Governor to keep fighting for Minnesotans and reject any legislation that makes things worse for Minnesotans."

[Rep. Kurt Daudt: phone: 651-296-5364 Email:]
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It took long years, many legislative battles, and even the untimely deaths of sick people who could not get health care to save their lives, to pass legislation that made health insurance affordable and insured health care accessible in Minnesota. Last night, the GOP in the MN House took Minnesota back to the dark years of nearly a decade ago!


Gov. Dayton's letter lays out the case, point by point, how insurance companies come out the winners here!

They get from you the premiums, then they get the dollars allocated by the state to provide relief from the high premiums, and in addition, their obligation to provide coverage for your health care is drastically reduced.


Every Minnesotan is either directly having to cope with premiums that jumped skyhigh, or knows someone close who is affected by that.

But there is more to this! The bill also lays out the ground for future reductions of essential services and benefits to ALL MINNESOTANS, at all levels. The elimination of many services and the essential benefit cuts is a disaster for the health care of ALL Minnesotans.

A View of Housing in our Communities - Discussion
Posted on 16 January 2017

MICAH South invites you to meet with your Legislators to build relationships and proclaim as people of faith.

The panel discussing "A View of Housing in our Communities" will be:

Nandi Rieck - Federal & State Program Specialist, Dist. 196
Rick Casey - Community Representative
Tony Schertler- Executive Director, Dakota County CDA
Sue Watlov Phillips - Executive Director, MICAH

Rep. Masin will attend this meeting as well. Constituents will have the opportunity to dialogue with their Legislators in district groups about housing & other issues of concern. RSVP/questions: Kathy Groettum

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Church of St. John Neumann, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan

7:15am - Doors Open and Continental Breakfast.
7:30am - 8:45am Program & Dialogue.

Happy New Year Wishes, Legislative Committees
Posted on 2 January 2017

I wish you all a Happy New Year in 2017.

I learned that in the next Legislative Session I will be serving on Government Operations & Elections, Transportation & Regional Governance Policy, and Transportation Finance Committees. I am very excited to get back to work. There is much to be done.


Sandra Masin
State Representative
House District 51A
Burnsville and Eagan

A message from Rep. Sandra Masin
Posted on 9 November 2016

Rep. Sandra Masin released the following post-2016 Election message today:

It takes a lot of people to run a campaign as well as a lot work. I want to express my appreciation to everyone who helped with my campaign, it is truly a team effort. Thanks to all for your hard work and talents. I am so very grateful to have your help.

My appreciation to everyone who cast their vote for me. I appreciate your confidence in me and your support.

The campaign season is over and we all can now concentrate on the work that needs to be done for Minnesotans. There is much to do!

Sandra Masin

Rep. Sandy Masin interview on Access to Democracy TV Program
Posted on 23 October 2016

Rep. Masin interviewed on Access to Democracy recently and you can watch the interview below or on Eagan-T (E-TV) Channel 15.

Check out Rep. Masin's timely blog
Posted on 20 October 2016

Rep. Masin published a post in her blog site about the difficulty of being a parent in the USA. This is an issue that is not getting much attention, but really should, for the sake of kids and their parents...

Here is the link

Thank you for a GREAT Burnsville Fire Muster 2016
Posted on 10 September 2016

What a fantastic day to have a parade! The weather cpuld not be better. The paraders had an easy time and spectators were in high spirit and encouraged and cheered everyone - they made it so much fun to walk in the parade.

So many thank yous go to all the fopks in my parade unit. And the many volunteers who worked for many-many weeks to organize this perfect event - thank you! The manyvolunteers involved in my parade unit organization - thank you.

The Fire Muster in Burnsville is a multi-day event continuing through Sunday. It has been run now for 38 years - WOW! There are booths, carnival, music, and many more items.

The Boy Scouts were great support coming around to tell us they'll bring food.

Again - many many thanks to all the volunteers who put in time, energy and enthusiasm - the results show your dedication and spirit!


Fourth of July 2016
Posted on 4 July 2016

Perfect weather! What a great parade and audience. It was great to see so many people we know and get their reactions and greetings. Thank you all who participated and helped make this a great occasion.

Legislative Update - July 1, 2016
Posted on 1 July 2016

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying our wonderful summer weather with your friends and family. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of my activities recently. Last week, I attended the Summit on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders hosted by Women in Government, a nonpartisan organization of women state legislators providing networking, educational, and leadership opportunities. (See another item on this page.)

At this policy summit, we had the opportunity to learn about potential solutions to, as well as new ways to look at, substance use disorders. We heard from William Moyers - vice president of public affairs at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and oldest son of journalist Bill Moyers - about his own struggle with addiction and emerging ways to approach this epidemic. We also had eye-opening discussions about the inadequacy of mental health support available in our communities and especially the lack of these services in our criminal justice system.

As policymakers, we face unique challenges regarding these topics. First, we must end the stigma surrounding substance use disorders as well as mental health difficulties. People need to know it's okay to ask for help, and that no one is immune from addiction. Also, we have significant work left in order to reach parity for mental health and substance use as they compare to physical health. Lastly, the approach to the criminal justice system aspect as it relates to these conditions needs to change. Too many citizens are incarcerated who should really be receiving treatment, and there are steps we can take to improve outcomes for these individuals.

After this summit, Women in Government held their annual Midwestern Regional Conference in Bloomington, which I also attended. We had the opportunity to hear presentations about important topics such as criminal justice, growing our workforce, and agriculture, to name a few.

New Laws
Today, July 1, many new laws go into effect. Each bill passed by the Legislature is given an "effective date"; sometimes the day the bill is signed into law immediately, sometimes July 1, sometimes August 1, and sometimes an arbitrary date based on provisions contained within the bill.

With July 1 being the start of the new fiscal year, bills containing appropriations go into effect today. Minnesota House Public Information Services has put together a comprehensive list of this legislation, which I invite you to check out here [pdf, 5 pages].

Happy 4th of July
I hope you have a wonderful and safe Independence Day Holiday. The Eagan July 4th Funfest kicks off on Saturday with many wonderful events, the details of which you can learn about here. I look forward to this exciting community celebration every year, and I hope to see you around the festival grounds or at the parade.

Please stay in touch with your input on any issue important to you. Feel free to call me at the Capitol at 651-296-3533 or email me any time.


Sandy Masin

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Posted on 23 June 2016

Rep. Masin posted this recently in her private blog:

Women In Government is holding a Summit on Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders today and tomorrow in Bloomington. William Moyers, Vice President of Public Affairs, at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation talked about "Eliminating Barriers to Success." He said that he appreciates the use of "Substance Use Disorders" over "Substance Abuse." He said we need to eliminate the stigma attached to the problem and repeatedly said that "addiction doesn't discriminate." People need to know that it is okay to ask for help.

Kelly O'Brien, the Executive Director of The Kennedy Forum started her presentation with a video about "The System We Need." Both she and Sue Abderholden, the Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota, concentrated on the parity of mental health treatmentto physical health treatment. Basically, it sounds like mental health has a ways to go.

Senator Barb Goodwin of Minnesota and Ira Burnim, Legal Director of Judge David Bazelon Center on Mental Health talked about mental health concerns in the Criminal Justice System. The sad fact is that we are imprisoning people that should be treated in mental health facilities. Not only is this barbaric, it is more costly and it hardly achieves a positive outcome.

The evening concluded with a screening of If Only, a movie about drug addiction among teens. Two men who worked on this project gave passionate presentations about the need to have community discussions this issue. Too many children are dying.

Rep. Sandra Masin (51A) - Legislative Update 6/17/2016
Posted on 18 June 2016

Dear Neighbors,

Constituent Coffee Hour
I just want to remind you that I will be hosting another Constituent Coffee Hour at the Silver Bell Diner (1981 Silver Bell Rd, Eagan, MN) We will be there from 10 A.M. until noon on Saturday, June 18th. I really enjoy talking with and listening to people in our community so please stop by if you are able. This is always a casual gathering so please come and go as it fits your schedule.

Community Events
Last Sunday (June 12th), I spoke with many people who attended the Eagan Historical Society's reopening celebration for Eagan's 1914 Town Hall. Later, I attended a memorial and concert to celebrate the life of Tony Caponi in Caponi Art Park. It is always such a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the many community events that Eagan and Burnsville have to offer.

I also want to thank everyone that was able to come to the Town Hall that Senator Carlson and I held last week. Most of the discussion was on the components of a comprehensive transportation bill.

Special Session
Wednesday, legislative leaders met with the Governor to discuss the potential special session. Unfortunately, little progress was made. I am disappointed with the chaotic end of session. The majority party is responsible for scheduling the bills. This session it felt like the House Republican Majority truly underestimated the time frame needed to conduct our business. This was further complicated because the House and Senate met in different buildings.

I will continue to work with all of my colleagues to find a compromise so we can finish the job and pass the bonding and tax bills.

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns that I can assist you with.


Sandy Masin
State Representative

Legislative Update - May 27, 2016
Posted on 27 May 2016

Dear Neighbors,

Legislative Session
The 2016 legislative session ended shortly before midnight May 22, 2016 amidst a clamor of representatives still trying to be recognized. In a last minute attempt to fund transportation, the House Majority presented a revised bonding bill with a one-time sum of $300 million for transportation from the budget surplus. The final bonding/transportation bill was hurriedly cobbled together in the closing hours of session, allowing us less than 45 minutes to review the bill. The bill passed in the House, but was amended in the Senate and the House adjourned before considering the amended bill. [more]

As a way of background, an $800 million House bonding proposal was not released until May 19 - less than a week before we were constitutionally mandated to adjourn. There was not a sufficient amount of statewide projects to secure the 3/5 super majority vote needed to pass. The bill was discussed briefly, a House vote was taken, it failed, and was then "tabled" allowing it to be brought up again when a revised bill came forward.

As the entire House of Representatives learned this week, according to nonpartisan research, the final bonding bill contained several errors and omissions. House members received an updated spreadsheet from the House staff with corrections on Wednesday this week - two days after we adjourned. This is evidence that we need a transparent and open process when we legislate on bills that could potentially become law.

Although there were several missed opportunities, I was pleased to support a bipartisan tax bill that passed in the House. Highlights of the bill include an expansion of the child care tax credit, increased tax credits for veterans, property tax relief for small businesses, and a new student loan tax credit. My Burnsville TIF provision was also included in the final bill, which provides funding to the city to prepare the landfill property for development.

A special session to complete unfinished work is being taken into consideration. Governor Dayton has not committed and said he wouldn't until a solid agreement is struck between both House and Senate leaders.

Coffee Meet and Greet
Tomorrow, May 28, I invite you to join me for a "Coffee Meet and Greet" listening session. I will be meeting those interested at May 28th Junior's Sports Cafe (1996 Highway 13 E., Burnsville) from 10 a.m.-noon. I hope you can make it, and that you will bring your comments and questions.

"Coffee Meet and Greet" is open-house style, and constituents are welcome to come at any point between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

I hope to see you soon.


Sandy Masin
State Representative
Minnesota House District 51A

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

12-09-2016 Town Hall Meeting
09-29-2016 2016 Candidate Forum - Burnsville Legislative Offices - September 20, 2016
09-26-2016 Senate District 51 Candidate Forum, September 19, 2016
09-12-2016 Joint Council 32 DRIVE - Teamsters
08-29-2016 United Transportation Union Endorses Rep. Masin
08-29-2016 Minnesota Farmers Union PAC Endorses Rep. Masin
08-17-2016 Clean Water Action Minnesota Endorses Rep. Masin
08-14-2016 So Many Political Campaign Mailers in the Mailbox!!!
07-19-2016 SEIU - Service Employees International Union Endorses Rep. Masin
06-30-2016 Please come join us in the PARADE - 4th of July
06-16-2016 AFSCME Council 5 Endorses Rep. Masin
06-03-2016 Education Minnesota Endorses Rep. Masin
06-02-2016 Town Hall Meeting - June 9th
05-05-2016 Rep. Masin stands up for women on the floor of the MN House
03-30-2016 Legislative Update - March 30, 2016 - a Special Joy to welcome Rev. Braudt
03-01-2016 Rep. Masin to seek re-election for House District 51A
02-27-2016 Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Masin and Sen. Carlson
02-22-2016 Media Release: Meet and Greet
02-16-2016 Poetry and Piano - Fundraiser for Rep. Masin
02-04-2016 February 4, 2016 Legislative Update
10-30-2014 Eagan TV Video with Rep. Sandra Masin
10-26-2014 Video by Sandy Masin
04-01-2014 Video Update from the Minnesota House
03-13-2013 Rep. Sandra Masin - Video Update March 13, 2013
10-20-2012 Sandra Masin televised message on Eagan TV

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