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Election Results and THANK YOU!
Posted on 21 November 2014
One of our friends made that sign and took the picture - WE LOVE IT!!! I bet you do too...
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A Special THANK YOU to ALL!
Posted on 5 November 2014
The Election yesterday yielded the following results for our House District, 51A, according to the Secretary of State: With 100% of the Precincts counted, Republican Andrea Todd-Harlin received 6821 votes, or 48.34%. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Sandra Masin received 7262 votes, or 51.47%. There were 27 write-in votes, or 0.19%.
Rep. Sandy Masin released this message:
My sincere appreciation to everyone who supported my election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. I am extremely grateful for your confidence in me and I will do my best to maintain that trust.
I want to thank everyone who took time to vote and to participate in the campaign and election process. Benjamin Franklin's quote, "A Republic, if you can keep it," should always be kept in mind. It takes the effort of each and every citizen to keep a government that recognizes the worth of each individual.
We can now concentrate all our efforts on Minnesota's future.
A very special adventure!
Posted on 15 August 2014
Thank you to all who made our Primary Election a success: the voters, the judges, and the campaign workers. I want to especially express my gratitude to everyone who helped with my campaign, there are so-so many of you I cannot list each of you separately. But know that your contributions and your efforts mean so much! This involvement is important to maintaining our form of democratic government and our freedom. Thank you again!
We are focusing now on General Election Day on November 4, 2014. We can use all the help you can provide, from financial contributions, volunteer time, displaying yard signs (see below, our new sign), displaying bumper stickers, parading with us, phonecalling, hosting meet-and-greet events, and more. Please click this link for more information.
Please remember to VOTE on that day. If you wish, you can now vote using the Absentee Ballot process. These ballots are available starting September 19, 2014 from the Secretary of State. See information here. If you are not registered to vote, check out the links in the red box on the right side of this page for more information.
We are quite pleased with our new sign:
End of 2013-2014 Legislative Session: What Was Accomplished
Posted on 4 August 2014
Rep. Masin posted a lovely blog entry here about her encounter with the Minnesota Civil Air Patrol. Enjoy! (Pictures, too!)
(BTW, Sandy Masin holds the rank of Major in the CAP.)
Women's Economic Security Act (WESA) Passes
Posted on 17 May 2014
The 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
Posted on 12 May 2014
So 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!
Patty Tanji and Rep. Masin at the signing ceremony
Sen. Pappas, Rep. Masin, and Patty Tanji
Patty, daughter Laura and Rep. Masin
Tax Relief to more than 1 Million Minnesotans
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).
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 (email@example.com
). I'm always happy to help with any issues you might have.
Rep. Sandra Masin