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Doorknocking with DFL House Leadership
Posted on 20 October 2014

Rep. Sandy Masin released this announcement earlier this afternoon:

We are extremly pleased that Speaker Paul Thissen will be here tomorrow to help us door knock. I hope you will come and join.

This afternoon, Majority Leader Erin Murphy is helping us. We are very fortunate to have such great and enthusiastic leadership!

Sandy Masin

DFL Majority Leader, Rep. Erin Murphy

Minnesota House Speaker, Rep. Paul Thissen



Tuesday, October 21, at 12:00 noon

Meet at the Eagan DFL office
4555 Erin Drive Eagan, MN
Contact Marco Lanz for more details

email - or
call - 612-237-1007

Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection Support Masin
Posted on 10 October 2014

Rep. Masin shares this announcement:

I am delighted to receive the endorsement of Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection.

The mission of this organization is to prevent animal cruelty and suffering. A laudable goal.

I appreciate your support!


We are so delighted with their endorsement! Thank you.

Emily's List joins in endorsing Sandy Masin
Posted on 2 October 2014

Sandy Masin released this announcement:

I am extremely honored and delighted to receive the endorsement of EMILY's List.

EMILY's List is the nation's largest resource for women in politics. They understand the positive impact women officials have on women's issues and families.

I appreciate your efforts to help women and I am grateful for your support.


Emily's List joins a long list of organizations who are standing behind Sandy Masin's candidacy for House District 51A.

More Endorsements! United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189
Posted on 19 September 2014

Rep. Masin released the following statement:

I am extremely pleased to have the support of the United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 1189. This organization has over 10,000 members who work in the retail, health care, meat packing, manufacturing and food processing industries.

Their confidence in me to help workers means a lot!


What a pleaseure to add this group to the list of endorsements!

TakeAction Minnesota endorses Masin!
Posted on 16 September 2014

This is a note from Rep. Masin:

I am delighted to have the endorsement of TakeAction Minnesota. The members of this organization do great work in advocating for health care access for all, for a fair economy, and other areas to help everyone achieve their potential.

I am very grateful for all the work they do and for their support.


Minnesota Farmers support Masin
Posted on 23 August 2014

Rep. Masin just received the endorsement of the Minnesota Farmers Union. Masin released this statement:

I am honored to received the endorsement of the Minnesota Farmers Union Political Action Committee.

Farm families, rural communities and agriculture are extremely important to the success and economic stability of Minnesota. I appreciate your support and confidence in me.

Thank you,


A Special THANK YOU to ALL!
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:

SEIU now endorsing Rep. S. Masin
Posted on 14 August 2014

I am excited to announce that I have received the endorsement of the SEIU MN State Council.

Members of the SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION work in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, early childhood, in-home care, and some of the Twin Cities' largest public and private buildings. This organization is a leader in efforts to improve conditions for working families.

I am very grateful and privileged to have their support.


A Very Special Gift!
Posted on 13 August 2014

Sandy Masin shares this note:

At a recent fundraising event for Congressional District 2, one of the auctioned items was 36 hours of volunteering on November 1. After spirited bidding, Angie Craig, a resident our District 51A, was the winning bidder. She graciously donated the volunteers to my campaign. Thank you so much, Angela! Definitely made my day, and week, too!


United Transportation Union is Endorsing Masin
Posted on 9 August 2014

From Sandy Masin:

I am so pleased to receive the endorsement from the United Transportation Union, the Transportation Division of the newly merged Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transit Union, (UTU-SMART-TD) Minnesota Legislative Board.

The men and women of this organization work round the clock, three hundred and sixty five days a year to keep our regional economy moving.

I love their guiding principle - Let no one diminish the Dignity of Labor.

Many thanks for all the work you do and for your support,


A very special adventure!
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.)

Saint Paul Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 3 August 2014

Rep. Masin released this announcement about an additional valuable endorsement received for he candidacy for the House:The Saint Paul Building and Construction Trades Council let me know of their endorsement of my candidacy for the House of Representatives. Part of their mission is to promote and develop safe practices in the construction industry.

I am very grateful to this organization and I appreciate all the work done by members of this organization, their support of me and their confidence in me. Thank you!

The International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 28 July 2014

Rep. Sandy Masin announces a new Endorsement:

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has endorsed my candidacy.

The IBEW has a fascinating history on its website. It is "the oldest, as well as the largest, electrical union in the world. In the beginning, the work was hard, the hours long, and the pay was small. There was no apprenticeship and no safety standards. In some areas, the mortality rate was one out of every two hired." The solution to address these issues was determined to a national organization.

I appreciate their confidence in me to support working family issues.


Planned Parenthood Endorses Sandra Masin
Posted on 25 July 2014

Sandra Masin released the following announcement today:

I am extremely pleased to have the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.

Planned Parenthood provides services to 67,000 women and men annually. Outside of their health centers, education outreach programs reach more than 34,000 teens and adults through medically accurate, culturally specific curriculum.



Great news!

Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Masin
Posted on 15 July 2014

Rep. Masin released the following announcement:

I am very proud to have received the endorsement from the Minnesota AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE).
The mission of the Minnesota AFL-CIO is "to improve the lives of working families-to bring justice to the workplace and social justice to the state and the nation."

I am very grateful for this important endorsement.

Sandra Masin

AFSCME Council 5 Endorses Masin
Posted on 20 June 2014

Rep. 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.

Sandy Masin

Education Minnesota Endorses Rep. Sandy Masin
Posted on 12 June 2014

The 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.

We rely on the people in this organization to teach and train our students. A strong education system is vital to the future of our youngest citizens and a well-educated workforce is essential to a strong economy.

Education is a top priority!

Thank you!!!
Sandy Masin

Minnesota Nurses Association Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 10 June 2014

Rep. Masin released the following announcement today:

I am extremely proud to receive the endorsement of the Minnesota Nurses Association.

This organization has over 20,000 members and they are critically important to our health care system.

They provide the care we need when we have health issues.

Thank you, 

End of 2013-2014 Legislative Session: What Was Accomplished
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

Thank you all!

Rep. Sandy Masin
House District 51A

Women's Economic Security Act (WESA) Passes
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

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 ( I'm always happy to help with any issues you might have.

Rep. Sandra Masin

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]

07-10-2014 Legislative Report by Rep. Sandra Masin - July 10, 2014
07-08-2014 THANK YOU ALL!
05-26-2014 Burnsville and Eagan Memorial Day Ceremonies
04-23-2014 Legislative Update - April 23, 2014
04-12-2014 April 11, 2014 - Legislative Update
04-01-2014 Video Update from the Minnesota House
03-22-2014 THANK YOU!
02-26-2014 Passing a Bill - "Stayin' Alive"
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
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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