Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Masin
Posted on 15 July 2014Rep. Masin released the following announcement:
I am very proud to have received the endorsement from the Minnesota AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE).
Legislative Report by Rep. Sandra Masin - July 10, 2014
Posted on 10 July 2014Dear Neighbors,
Minnesota has taken an important step toward securing substantial resources to strengthen our ongoing disaster relief and recovery efforts after last monthâ€™s severe storms and flooding.
Governor Dayton on Wednesday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration covering 51 total counties, including Dakota County.
In order to receive financial assistance from the federal government, damages from a natural disaster must meet a $7.3 million threshold. With $10.8 million in eligible damages documented through preliminary assessments to date and another $55 million in response costs and damages to uninsured public infrastructure reported by local governments, there is little doubt we can expect to receive significant aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) â€“ something that President Obama underscored during his recent visit to Minnesota.
If granted by the President, the disaster declaration would provide assistance to townships, cities, counties, schools and certain private not-for-profit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure.
Examples of eligible expenses include:
Governor Dayton also requested federal funding for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. All counties in the state would be eligible to apply for assistance under this program which provides funding to state and local governments and certain private not-for-profit organizations to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.
Federal and state aid typically only covers costs to repair and replace uninsured public infrastructure, but financial assistance may still be possible for homeowners, renters and business owners from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). More information about SBA disaster loans is available online at www.sba.gov, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-659-2955.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do to be of help during this time of tremendous need.
THANK YOU ALL!
Posted on 8 July 2014July 4th was a perfect day for a parade and it was great seeing so many people out to enjoy it.
I want to especially thank all our parade participants for their efforts. We had a fun unit and received a lot of positive comments.
The Blackbird Quadribent bikes we used also attracted a lot of attention and that is particularly gratifying because the design engineer, Jim Black, resides in our district.
Many thanks to all for making our July 4 Celebration so special.
Eagan 4th of July Parade - Info
Posted on 3 July 2014Dear Neighbors and Friends,
4th of July Parade in Eagan is marching TOMORROW!
Many of you already received the information below.
The Masin Campaign Line up number is 76.
Line up will be between Hwy 13 and Blue Cross Drive on Yankee Doodle Rd. Line up starts at 8:45 am and the Parade will start promptly at 10:00 am.
The Parade Route follows Yankee Doodle east to Federal Drive. Left turn on to Central Parkway and ends after some distance in the parking lot of Lockheed Martin. (see below)
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Access to the Line up Area: if you are coming from Cedar or 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. exit. Going north on 35E, get off at Diffley and turn left onto Diffley, then proceed to Backhawk Rd. If you are coming south on 35E get off at Diffley, and turn right onto Diffley then proceed to Blackhawk Dr. Stay on Blackhawk to Blue Cross Drive on the right, Turn right and proceed to Yankee Doodle where the Line up area is. From 35E to the Line up are is 2.5 miles.
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. Coming from Yankee Doodle on 13, turn left onto Blackhawk. Coming from the south on Hwy 13, turn right onto Blackhawk Dr. Proceed to Blue Cross Drive, turn left onto Blue Cross Dr and go to Yankee Doodle where the line area is.
Parking at the Line Up Area: Use the Blue Cross parking lot.
Parking at the End of the Parade: You must be parked at the dispersal area BEFORE the Parade begins! (Or get into the area after the Parade ends.) The FunFest Committee will have parking set aside at the Lockheed Martin for people who need to go from the Eagan Parade to other parades.
Keep The Pace: The Parade route is not strenuous, and the Parader units are expected to keep pace! They point out that we lose audience where there are gaps between units.
If you wish to just view the Parade and not march - go for it - you now know the route and the times and how to get there! Rep. Masin will be riding one of these bikes - see below! It is a Blackbird Quadribent bike. This family-friendly side-by-side bike is made in Burnsville (in our OWN district! by design engineer Jim Black. This stable, comfortable bike allows 2 or more people, even those with physical challenges, to ride, and it even has room for Blackbird Bikes Spokesdog Charlie Brown! ... No that is NOT Sandy Masin in the picture :-), but come to the Parade tomorrow and you'll be able to see Rep. Masin ride on of these great bikes.
UPDATE! Rep. Masin and Jim Black went on a test ride and here is a picture from that occasion!
Bring a Hat - Protect yourself from Sun Exposure: You know best your sensitivity - take care of yourself and have fun!
The Fun after the Fun: DFLers will have a picnic at the Pavillion just north of the Community Center immediately following the Parade. Masin folks are bringing side dishes (but please feel free to just come and eat if it's too much to bring a dish to pass around AND march in the Parade - there is always PLENTY of food!!)
Come and Enjoy!!!
AFSCME Council 5 Endorses Masin
Posted on 20 June 2014Rep. Masin released this communication:
I am very proud to announce that I have been endorsed by AFSCME Council 5, an organization that represents 43,000 workers in the public service sector. It covers a host of occupations, including nurses, correction officers, and child care workers. These are the people that provide the services to help our families and keep our community strong.
Education Minnesota Endorses Rep. Sandy Masin
Posted on 12 June 2014The Endorsements for Rep. Masin are beginning to come in from all over! Today, Rep. Masin released the following announcement:
I am very pleased to announce that our campaign has been endorsed by Education Minnesota.Minnesota Nurses Association Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 10 June 2014Rep. Masin released the following announcement today:
I am extremely proud to receive the endorsement of the Minnesota Nurses Association.Burnsville and Eagan Memorial Day Ceremonies
Posted on 26 May 2014Rep. Masin posted this message today:
Burnsville held their Memorial Day Program in Bi-Centennial Park. It is a lovely setting and a lovely morning for this observance. Program participants included Greg Sylvester playing the bugle, Carol Oeltjenbruns as moderator, Boy Scout Troop 336, the South Metro Chorale, Blue Star Mom Lori Challans, and Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. The event has been sponsored by the Sweet Sioux Garden Club for the past eleven years.
The City of Eagan held its Memorial Day ceremony at Eagan Central Park in the afternoon of Memorial Day. Tribute Plaza in Eagan is a very special place to meomrialize the fallen heroes. At the ceremony, the speaker was Reverend Al Pruis, Pastor of Peace Church of Eagan and a Vietnam Vet.
End of 2013-2014 Legislative Session: What Was Accomplished
Posted on 17 May 2014The 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 2014So 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!
Legislative Update - April 23, 2014
Patty Tanji and Rep. Masin at the signing ceremony
Sen. Pappas, Rep. Masin, and Patty Tanji
Patty, daughter Laura and Rep. Masin
Posted on 23 April 2014Dear Neighbors and Friends,
We've returned from the Easter/Passover break to continue our work this session. Already the House has made progress on several priorities we were hoping to address. Just a couple months into session, we've already passed bills that will provide:
The House has also passed a supplemental budget that includes a $25 million investment in broadband development. A recent study by ConnectMN, a nonprofit working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, showed that 93 percent of Metro-area residents have access to high-speed broadband coverage as opposed to only 46 percent of households in Greater Minnesota.
While that limited access doesn't directly hurt the families and businesses in our area, it does impact our economy. If large portions of Minnesota's communities can't create new jobs, that will slow down the economic growth of the entire state economy. It's in our best interest to make sure schools, families, and businesses have the chance to succeed no matter where they are in Minnesota.
Conference Committees Underway
This is the time when significant bills are being passed by both the House and the Senate on similar topics. When those bills don't match up perfectly, both chambers appoint members to serve on a conference committee that settles the differences. Some major issues that will be decided through the conference committee process include:
Things are moving quickly in the House. We're excited to continue our progress and get done on time. If you have any questions or ideas about our work at the Legislature, please feel free to contact me by phone (651-296-3533) or email me at email@example.com.
April 11, 2014 - Legislative Update
Posted on 12 April 2014Dear Neighbors and Friends,
We made some significant progress this week by passing three important bills on the House floor. The Women's Economic Security Act contained provisions(1) from several bills that addressed the pay gap that still exists for female workers. I personally authored part of this bill, and many other Representatives worked to create a final package that fixes outdated state statutes. More and more families are depending on female workers to serve as their primary bread winner, but that is pretty difficult when women only make 80 cents for every dollar men make. This bill will address that pay gap and help families across Minnesota.
The House also passed a bill this week that will increase our state's minimum wage(2) from its current rate of $6.15/hour and $5.50/hour for large and small businesses. Not only was that wage lower than the national rate, it was lower than our neighboring states. Increasing the rate will mean a pay increase for 357,000 workers in Minnesota. It will mean fewer people are relying on public assistance just to get by. That, in turn, will reduce the cost of public assistance programs for all taxpayers. To make sure the increase in wages isn't too drastic for businesses, the new wage will be phased in over several years until it reaches $9.50/hour and $7.75/hour for large and small businesses by 2016.
Lastly, we passed a bill to address the growing problem of bullying in our schools(3). This bill was put together with input from school administrators and school boards from across the state. The final bill is something which local school districts can work with. It essentially requires every school to either put their own local policy on bullying in place or use the recommended state policy. No student should have to go to school every day with the fear of being bullied. This bill will make sure our local school districts put policies in place to address that issue.
If you have any questions about the progress we made this week, please feel free to contact me. More detailed information on each of the bills I mentioned can be found below.
(1)The key provisions of the Women's Economic Security Act include:
(2)The key provisions in the minimum wage bill include:
(3)The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act will:
Video Update from the Minnesota House
Posted on 1 April 2014Please click below to see Rep. Masin's update on the work going on in the Minnesota House.
Women's Economic Security Act
Posted on 30 March 2014Last 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:
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). I'm always happy to help with any issues you might have.
Rep. Sandra Masin
Posted on 22 March 2014I want to extend my appreciation to everyone who participated in the DFL Senate District 51 Convention on Saturday. Thank you for taking the time to help make our community better and our state better.
We have our new organization in place and are ready to move forward.
I especially want to extend my gratitude to the delegates from 51A for their endorsement and for their confidence in me. I am looking forward to working on behalf of an agenda that continues Minnesota's economic progress and a better quality of life for all.
Sandra Masin Passing a Bill - "Stayin' Alive"
Posted on 26 February 2014The 2014 Legislative Session began yesterday. There are several important bills coming up. The workflow is described below along with relevant deadlines. The key dates for this session are:
March 21: 1st Committee - a House bill must be approved by a committee in the House and a Senate bill must be approved by a Senate committee in order to continue deliberations on it (in other words, for the bill to "stay alive").
If the bill remains alive, it goes to the other house.
March 28: 2nd Committee - a House bill must be approved by a Senate Committee and a Senate bill must be approved by a House committee to remain alive.
If the bill appropriates money, it goes to the respective House Ways and Means Committee, or to the Senate Finance Committee.
April 4: 3rd Committee - approval by the House Ways and Means or the Senate Finance must be secured for the bill to remain alive.
April 10-22: Easter/Passover recess.
May 19: Legislature must adjourn by Minnesota's Constitution. The legislature may adjourn earlier, if the work is completed.
If you are interested in tracking a bill in the House or Senate, this link is a good start:
Endorsements by womenwinning and MAPE
Posted on 4 February 2014I am extremely pleased to announce that Team MAPE and womenwinning have given their support to our campaign. It is a privilege to have the endorsement of these organizations.
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