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April 11, 2014 - Legislative Update
 
Posted on 12 April 2014

Dear 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 I personally authored part of this bill, and many other Representatives worked to create a final package that fixes outdated state statutes.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.

Sandra Masin

(1)The key provisions of the Women's Economic Security Act include:
  • Allow mothers to stay in the workforce by expanding family leave and providing reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees and expanding access to high-quality, affordable childcare,
  • Decrease the gender pay gap through workforce development grants to increase the number of women in high-wage, high-demand nontraditional work,
  • Reduce the gender pay gap through increased enforcement of equal pay laws for state contractors and by allowing employees to discuss pay inequities.

(2)The key provisions in the minimum wage bill include:
  • $9.50 minimum wage for large businesses in 2016. $8.00 in August 2014, $9.00 in August 2015,
  • $7.75 minimum wage for small businesses in 2016. $6.50 in August 2014, $7.25 in August 2015. The $7.75 minimum wage rate would also apply for all 16 and 17 year olds, the first 90 days of work for 18 and 19 year olds, and employees working under a J1 visa,
  • Beginning in 2018, all wages would increase each year on January 1st by inflation, but that would be capped at 2.5%. The indexed increase could be stopped at any time by the Commissioner of Labor and Industry in the case of an economic downturn.

(3)The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act will:
  • Require that school districts and charter schools either craft their own policy, or adopt the state model policy, to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, intimidation and promote remedial responses,
  • Schools must consult with students, parents and the community in this process and must review and revise their policies in a timely manner, consistent with other state-reviewed policies.


Video Update from the Minnesota House
 
Posted on 1 April 2014

Please 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 2014

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

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

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

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

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


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

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Sandra Masin
 

THANK YOU!
 
Posted on 22 March 2014

I 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.

Sincerely,
Sandra Masin

Passing a Bill - "Stayin' Alive"
 
Posted on 26 February 2014

The 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:
http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis.aspx


Endorsements by womenwinning and MAPE
 
Posted on 4 February 2014

I 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.

Sandra Masin


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

02-14-2014 Communications Conference in St. Paul
02-08-2014 It's Time to Make Transportation a Priority
01-30-2014 Please Make Sure to Attend the PRECINCT CAUCUS February 4, 2014 6:30pm
12-24-2013 Holiday Greetings
12-12-2013 SunThisWeek Interviews Masin
12-12-2013 Legislative Update: Strong Economy Means Schools Are Paid Back
11-11-2013 Veteran's Day Celebration Today
11-08-2013 Workforce Centers Information
10-08-2013 Concert and and Fundraising Event for Rep. Sandra Masin
10-07-2013 High School Pages and College Interns
09-30-2013 Rep. Sandra Masin: Government Shutdown is Completely Unnecessary
09-12-2013 Burnsville Firemuster Events and Parade
09-09-2013 Minnesota Legislature meets in special session to approve disaster relief
09-04-2013 The Voice of the People...
09-03-2013 Help for Hail and Storm Damage - Update from Rep. Sandra Masin
08-23-2013 Legislative Update - 8-22-2013
08-11-2013 MNSURE News
08-07-2013 Legislative Update from Rep. Sandy Masin - 7 August 2013
08-02-2013 Town Hall Meeting - Meet-n-Greet
07-17-2013 Legislative Update: Town Hall Meeting July 20, 2013
07-13-2013 Masin Interview on Access to Democracy
07-11-2013 Thank you ALL for Eagan FUNFEST and 4th July Parade
07-03-2013 New Laws Going Into Effect July 1, 2013
06-22-2013 The RED Line Opens Today
05-20-2013 Last Day in Session - May 20, 2013
05-15-2013 A Budget Issues Update from the Capitol
05-10-2013 Letter to the Editor: Standing up for victims, wages
05-09-2013 MINNESOTA HOUSE PASSES MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR ALL MINNESOTANS
04-25-2013 Rep. Sandra Masin - E-update April 25, 2013
04-11-2013 Legislative E-update April 11, 2013
03-22-2013 Legislative E-update March 22, 2013
03-13-2013 Rep. Sandra Masin - Video Update March 13, 2013
02-28-2013 Rep. Masin Video Update - Feb 28, 2013
02-24-2013 Thank You for Attending the Town Hall Meeting Saturday 23 February
02-23-2013 Town Hall Meeting with your Local Legislators
02-18-2013 Legislative Update - February 18, 2013
02-16-2013 Metcalf Junior High School Chess Team
01-31-2013 Legislative Update - January 31, 2013
01-26-2013 Townhall Meeting in Burnsville 1/26/2013
01-11-2013 Legislative Update - January 11, 2013
01-08-2013 88th House Session Opens Today
12-31-2012 Happy New Year 2013
12-14-2012 Representative Masin Committee Assignments
11-07-2012 Sandra Masin Returns to the Minnesota House to Represent House District 51A
11-06-2012 Sandra Masin is returning to the Minnesota House!
11-04-2012 The Most Important Endorsement
10-21-2012 Pioneer Press Editorial about District 51 Burnsville/Eagan
10-20-2012 Sandra Masin televised message on Eagan TV
10-18-2012 Burnsville-Eagan Candidates Forum on Education
10-15-2012 NARAL endorses Masin for 2012
09-28-2012 Eagan Patch Report on the Chamber Candidate Forum
09-26-2012 Masin receives TakeAction Minnesota Endorsement
09-26-2012 Sandra Masin endorsed by Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection
09-21-2012 Received endorsement from St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council
09-19-2012 Education Forum with Sandy Masin and DFL Representative and Candidates
09-14-2012 MPR Poligraph Program Reviews Campaign Flyer
09-09-2012 Fire Muster Parade in Burnville
09-04-2012 Labor Day
08-17-2012 Access to Democracy hosts Sandy Masin for an interview!
08-16-2012 Thank you!
08-14-2012 Eagan Patch: Primary Results: Masin Defeats Walden in 51A
08-13-2012 Endorsed by SEIU!!!
08-11-2012 Dakota County Fair
08-08-2012 National Night Out
08-02-2012 DFL Veterans Caucus endorses Masin for the House
07-24-2012 AFL-CIO now joins in endorsing Sandra Masin
07-22-2012 Sierra Club endorses Sandra Masin's candidacy for the House
07-16-2012 Clean Water Action backs Sandy Masin
07-13-2012 July 2012 proclaimed Hire the Veteran Month
07-10-2012 The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters Back Masin
07-04-2012 Our Volunteers- the HEART of the Campaign
07-04-2012 Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
06-28-2012 Planned Parenthood endorses Sandra Masin
06-22-2012 Masin wins United Transportation Union's endorsement!
06-20-2012 AFSCME Council 5 Endorses Sandra Masin's Candidacy!
06-17-2012 Father's Day
06-16-2012 Minnesota Police and Peace Officers endorse Sandra Masin
06-11-2012 Sandy Masin Endorsed by Minnesota Nurses Association
06-05-2012 Sandra Masin Honored at womenwinning Annual Event
06-04-2012 Stand For Justice event in Mendota Heights - outstanding!
06-01-2012 Education Minnesota Endorsement
05-19-2012 Masin Endorsed by TEAM-MAPE!
03-27-2012 Video from SD51 Convention
03-24-2012 Step #1 to Victory in November 2012
02-23-2012 NEW House District Number!
02-08-2012 2012 Precinct Caucus in SD38
02-04-2012 IMPORTANT: Precinct Caucus is on TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2012
01-13-2012 Interview with Alan Miller on Access To Democracy
01-08-2012 Protecting Dignity, Ending Slavery
12-28-2011 New Year 2012 Message
11-23-2011 A Time For Thanks
10-25-2011 The Path to Win This Election - Where you come in!
10-03-2011 Masin runs to regain seat
09-08-2011 The Good Ole Days
09-04-2011 Labor Day
07-24-2011 Interview on Access To Democracy
06-22-2011 Town Hall Meeting in Burnsville June 15, 2011
04-04-2011 Secretary of State announcing Opening in State Government Agencies
11-03-2010 THANK YOU!
10-23-2010 Disaster Relief Bill information
10-20-2010 Eagan's Tribute and Memorial Plaza dedication ceremony October 14, 2010
09-26-2010 Absentee Ballot Available for November 2 2010 Election
07-14-2010 Property Tax Refunds and Lifeline and Link-Up programs.
07-02-2010 Several Topics
04-28-2010 Reminder: Townhall Meeting April 29, 2010
04-27-2010 Pioneer Press article
03-31-2010 Mid-term Report from the Legislative Session
03-24-2010 Report from the Session
03-05-2010 Dorothy Day Center visit
03-03-2010 General Assistance Medical Care (GMAC) Restored!
02-16-2010 Impressions from the nearly 2-week old Legislative Session 2010
01-31-2010 Reminder: Precinct Caucus 2010 is on February 2!
01-27-2010 Please provide your feedback to me ahead of the upcoming difficult Legislative Session starting Feb. 4, 2010
01-20-2010 Roundtable discussion with Rep. Mike Obermueller, January 22, 2010 at Eagan City Hall
12-10-2009 Article about the trip to Israel
12-01-2009 Reminder: Townhall Meeting with Rep. Mike Obermueller coming up on Thursday
11-26-2009 Thanksgiving 2009 message
11-23-2009 Press Release about a trip to Israel
08-23-2009 Appointment to Minnesota House Jobs Task Force

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