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Impressions from the nearly 2-week old Legislative Session 2010
February 16, 2010
It’s hard to believe that the 2010 Legislative Session is less than 2 weeks old. The pace of the session is faster than any I’ve seen since coming to Capitol.
Last night, we passed a signature piece of our jobs agenda – the House Capital Investment Bill. Also known as the bonding bill, it is one of the few ways that state government can give our weak job market a boost. Even more important, it is the way the state invests in critical infrastructure, higher education and clean water infrastructure and environmental protection measures. I was pleased that the bill includes a provision I authored to add a third lane to reduce congestion on Cedar Avenue. It also included funding for our state colleges and universities, including nearby Dakota County Technical College was included in the bill. Enrollment at our state higher education schools are at an all-time, especially in important workforce development and worker re-training programs.
My top priority as your legislator
is to do whatever I can to get people working again – whether through legislation like the bonding bill, or by working on strategies to create a more favorable climate for the small businesses that are our state’s largest job creators. While I am not supportive of every single project in the bill, I am hopeful we can act swiftly to pass this very important legislation.
Creating jobs and investing in the future of our state shouldn’t be a partisan issue. I hope that spirit will guide us toward the successful passage of an affordable, reasonable, and jobs-focused bonding bill.
State Representative Sandra Masin
House District 38A
LOOKING FOR A JOB?
The United States Census Bureau
needs a number of temporary employees to work on the 2010 Census. These short-term jobs offer good pay, flexible hours, paid training, and reimbursement for authorized work-related expenses, such as mileage incurred while conducting census work. [see more here
Census taker jobs are excellent for people who want to work part-time, those who are between jobs, or just about anyone who wants to earn extra money while performing an important service for their community.
For more information, visit: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/
OTHER RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
I want to make sure job seekers and small business owners are aware of every resource that is available to them from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Workforce Centers.
- Minnesota Work Force Centers are free “one-stop shops” providing everything from workshops on resume-writing and interviewing, to job fairs and access to computers.
- www.MinnesotaWorks.net is a free job search Web site that allows job-seekers to post resumes and matches them with employers.
- DEED’s Dislocated Worker Program helps employees who have been laid off return to the workforce as quickly as possible.
- The Unemployment Insurance Program provides temporary assistance to workers who have lost employment through no fault of their own.
For more information, contact the Dakota County Workforce Centers
Dakota County Workforce Center North
1 Mendota Road W, Suite 170
West St. Paul, MN 55118-4764
Dakota County Workforce Center East
Southcross Commerce Center IV
2900 W County Road 42, Suite 140
Burnsville, MN 55337
Attend a Job Fair
There are several job fairs scheduled in the Metro area. For a list of job fairs in Minnesota, e-mail: DEED.Jobfairs@state.mn.us
Employment Services for Veterans
Several helpful resources for veterans, including those recently returned home can be found by calling (651) 259-7557 or go online at: http://bit.ly/dCNZRG
Small Business Assistance Office
Business guidebooks and individual consultation is available to small business owners. For more information call (651) 556-8427 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Business Development Centers
To attend a small business workshop, visit http://bit.ly/anvlKf
Small Business Loans and Grants
Congress recently passed legislation to free up $4.5 billion more in needed lending for small businesses nationwide through an extension of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). To see if your business can take advantage visit: http://www.sba.gov/financialassistance/borrowers/guaranteed/
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
For many other resources, visit www.positivelyminnesota.com
or call 1-888-438-5627.
In addition to these regular email updates, there are a number of ways for Minnesotans to follow major issues and get a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process.
The Senate and House produce award-winning weekly and daily news magazines during the legislative session online and in print. To subscribe or for general information about the House (651) 296-2146, Senate (651) 296-0504, and legislative process, visit the Legislature’s website
and click on “general information”.
You can also track bills I’m working on at my House website
MORE ON THE 2010 CENSUS
The Census is conducted every ten years to count everyone living in the United States. Beginning in mid-March, the Census Bureau will mail out short questionnaires to your home. When you complete and mail in your Census form, you are helping our state and community.
The Census helps determine our state’s representation in the U.S. Congress and is used to allocate federal and state funding, which affects jobs, our economy, health care, and education. Census data is also used by businesses, governments, schools and non-profit agencies for program, business, comprehensive and service plans.
You can find out more about the 2010 Census and its impact on Minnesota and our community
State Representative 38A
527 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
(651) 296-3533 Direct
(651) 296-8803 Fax