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More Covid Restrictions as Virus Worsens - Legislative Update 19 Nov 2020
Posted on 19 November 2020

Dear Neighbors,

New Covid-19 Rules as Virus Reaches Record Levels

Unfortunately, Covid is spreading at record levels throughout the country, and here in Minnesota where we have reached our capacity to manage the virus. Governor Walz has announced a number of new actions designed to rein in the virus.

Today, Governor Walz announced the following restrictions:
  • Restaurants will be take-out only for the next 4 weeks
    (If you have the funds, please continue to get takeout from your favorite local restaurants, they are going to need your help more than ever.)

  • Gyms and fitness centers will also close for 4 weeks

  • Theaters, movie theaters, bowling alleys, museums, and arcades will all be closed

  • Wedding receptions, celebrations and private parties are put on hold as well

  • Limit all social gatherings with people outside of you household

  • All youth sports are on pause, there have been too many cases connected to sports for them to continue safely

  • It is also advised that you avoid interstate travel
No one wants to see increased restrictions; we are all fatigued by the ongoing fight against COVID-19. But these restrictions are necessary to help reverse the spread of this virus and save lives. We aren't at a point where we can return to normal.

The increased spread of the virus and these restrictions are a direct result of Minnesotans returning to too many pre-covid activities without taking the proper preventative measures. I understand that this is difficult, but we must remain strict when it comes to managing this virus. For everyone's sake, please continue to limit gatherings, wear masks, and social distance.

It is increasingly clear that Minnesota needs federal assistance. We need immediate action on a new COVID relief package, and an extension on flexibility to utilize resources allocated to state and local governments in the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Our state and local governments can't combat this devastating virus alone, we must come together as a nation to fight for one another.



Actions Taken to Increase Testing and Provide Financial Relief
Last Week, Governor Walz announced the addition of more than a dozen new testing locations opening across the state over the next two weeks. All of the new testing sites will continue to offer free, "no barrier" COVID-19 testing. Testing will be free and available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and it will not require insurance. These sites will be open at least through the end of the year with logistical aid provided by the National Guard. It is critical that we test as much as possible so we can trace how the virus is spreading and implement the necessary isolation.For more information on how and where to receive a COVID-19 test, visit mn.gov/covid19/. An updated list of community testing sites is available here.

Lastly, Governor Walz announced $10 million in Small Business Relief Grants to support businesses that are struggling as they do their part to combat the spread of COVID-19. This funding will support an additional 1,000 businesses that have applied for the grant program.



Stay in Touch
Please feel free to reach out to me by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn or by phone at 651-296-3533. If you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who wants to receive updates about the Legislature, let them know they can subscribe to my email list here. You can also follow me on Facebook here. It's an honor to represent our community. Please stay in touch.

Sincerely,

Rep. Sandra Masin
 


Legislative Update - Nov 12, 2020
Posted on 15 November 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Updates Return
With the campaign season ending we can return to our regular email updates covering everything happening at the Legislature and around Minnesota. Thank you all for choosing me to represent you again over the next two years. The next two years will be difficult for Minnesota, and I plan to stand up for our community every step of the way.

New Covid-19 Rules as Virus Reaches Record Levels
Unfortunately, Covid is spreading at record levels throughout the country, including here in Minnesota where we are approaching our capacity to manage the virus. Governor Walz has announced a number of new actions designed to reign in the virus. First, Governor Walz announced the addition of more than a dozen new testing locations opening across the state over the next two weeks. All of the new testing sites will continue to offer free, “no barrier” COVID-19 testing. Testing will be free and available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and it will not require insurance. These sites will be open at least through the end of the year with logistical aid provided by the National Guard. It is critical that we test as much as possible so we can trace how the virus is spreading and implement the necessary isolation.For more information on how and where to receive a COVID-19 test, visit mn.gov/covid19/.

On Tuesday, Governor Walz announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants. This includes a 10 p.m. curfew, no bar seating, and an indoor cap of 150 people at 50% total capacity. Weddings, funeral attendance, and large private gatherings will also be curtailed in a phased approach to a 25-person cap. No one wants to see increased restrictions; we are all fatigued by the ongoing fight against COVID-19. But these restrictions are necessary to help reverse the spread of this virus and save lives. We aren't at a point where we can return to normal. These restrictions are a direct result of Minnesotans returning to too many pre-covid activities without taking the proper preventative measures. I understand that this is difficult, but we must remain strict when managing this virus. For everyone's sake, please continue to limit gatherings, wear masks, and social distance.


Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 11th, was Veteran's Day. We extend our most heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude to all those who have served our country. All veterans deserve to be honored and supported by the government, where needed, for the sacrifices they have made. We have to do what we can to support veterans where possible. That is why I support the Veterans Restorative Justice Act, which diverts most veterans with service-connected trauma, substance abuse, or mental health conditions from serving jail-time towards probation and social services. This is an important step to help these troubled veterans break from the recidivism cycle and truly reform.



Mayor for a Day Essay Contest
The League of Minnesota Cities is running a “Mayor for a Day” essay contest. This would be perfect if you are a teacher or have a child or grandchild interested in government! Open to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Enter the Mayor for a Day Essay Contest for a chance to win and be published. Visit the League of Minnesota Cities for details.

Stay in Touch
Please feel free to reach out to me by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn or by phone at 651-296-3533. If you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who wants to receive updates about the Legislature, let them know they can subscribe to my email list here. You can also follow me on Facebook here. It’s an honor to represent our community. Please stay in touch.
 


Today is Veteran's Day
Posted on 11 November 2020

It is important that we remember our Veterans, now more than ever. Our veterans have paid the price so that we all can enjoy the freedoms that this country offers.
 


At DEED, Every day is Veteran's Day
Posted on 10 November 2020

At DEED, Every Day is Veterans Day

 
  

Today is Veterans Day, a day to remember the service and sacrifice of current and former U.S. military members. I like to believe that every day is Veterans Day at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), where we work hard year round to offer veterans the priority employment services they have earned.

Veterans Day is of course a day when all of us should thank our fellow Minnesotans who have served or are currently serving our state and country in the armed forces, especially during these difficult times. The selflessness of our service men and women allows us to enjoy the freedom and liberty our country was founded upon. Today is a day to salute them for their service.

I urge you to take a moment to thank veterans you know. There are 312,000 current and former military members who call Minnesota home. Roughly 20,000 of them are currently serving active duty, in the National Guard or in the reserves. So chances are you know someone who deserves your thanks today!

The State of Minnesota is committed to honoring those who have served and are serving in our military. That's why Governor Tim Walz proclaimed November 2020 as Veterans Month. In the Governor's proclamation he notes that 138,000 Minnesota veterans are of working age and almost 9,000 of those Minnesota veterans are currently unemployed. At DEED, we're focused on getting veterans the services they need to find fulfilling employment.

Current and former military members receive priority services through DEED's CareerForce Veterans Employment Services. Throughout the state, 24 veterans employment representatives offer career exploration, skills transfer and job search services to current and former military members.

In addition, we provide services, resources and referrals to National Guard soldiers returning from various deployments. And the Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) provides intensive employment services that include job-readiness assessment, job search strategy and job placement assistance to eligible veterans.

CareerForce Veterans Employment Services also focuses on providing services to traditionally underserved groups of veterans, including intensive employment services and small business assistance for veterans being released from correctional facilities, female veterans, Native American veterans and homeless veterans. And Local Veteran Employment Representative staff provide assistance and guidance to businesses to help them recruit and hire veterans.

Many Minnesota employers recognize that veterans bring the skills, passion and commitment they need in their workforce — and that hiring a veteran is a great decision for their organization's success. DEED has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs to offer the Minnesota Veterans Virtual Career Fair from 2-6 p.m. on November 19 as part of our efforts to honor veterans this month. You can find out more and register on the CareerForce website.

Veterans served our country, and it is our honor to serve them in finding fulfilling employment and reaching their career goals. If you are a veteran, we look forward to serving you and your family. Thank you for your service.

- Ray Douha, CareerForce Veterans Employment Services Director
 


THANK YOU House District 51A Voters!
Posted on 4 November 2020

My sincere appreciation to everyone who voted!

This has been a long election process with many challenges along the way. I want to commend my opponent for ensuring that our 51A race was held in a civil and courteous manner. It is comforting to know that here in Minnesota, so many people made sure their votes were cast, and their voices heard. I know that some people stood in line for hours to vote.

Our election officials went to great lengths to make sure the voting process was as convenient for us as possible. As one official said right before Election Day, "We are ready for this." We owe them a debt of gratitude. Our law enforcement officials were prepared to keep our elections peaceful and safe, so our appreciation goes out to them as well.

I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who voted for me. Your confidence in me means so very much. Thank you for your vote - and a special note of appreciation to everyone that took part in our campaign or volunteered with us. I have been so impressed by everyone who helped us win.

I am honored and eager to serve District 51A once more.

Representative Sandy Masin


Rep. Sandra Masin Video Message
Posted on 14 October 2020

Eagan-TV recorded (Thank you, Eagan-TV and Dan C.) this message from Rep. Sandra Masin to all her constituents and supporters! Please watch - this is an important message.





Endorsement from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
Posted on 10 October 2020

It is a special honor to share that the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and Tranimen endorsed Rep. Sandy Masin on Sep. 28, 2020.

Rep. Masin provided the following message:

I am delighted and honored to be endorsed by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. (I have always been fascinated by trains.) This organization is the sole representative of all Locomotive Engineers and also represents Conductors, Brakemen, Hostlers and other Train Service Employees on numerous railroads in the United States. It is North America's oldest rail labor union, it was founded in 1863


 


SEIU -Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 3 October 2020

It gives us a special pleasure to announce that SEIU MN State Council endorsed Rep. Sandy Masin on Sep. 28, 2020.

Rep. Masin provided the following message:

I am honored to receive the endorsement of the SEIU Minnesota State Council. This is a very large organization that provides us with care and support in public schools, hospitals, higher education, nursing homes, in our homes, as well as in the Twin Cities' largest public and private buildings. They advocate for issues that will improve the lives of all Minnesotans.


UFCW Local 1189 - United Food and Commercial Workers Union Endorse Rep. Masin
Posted on 29 September 2020

Rep. Masin received the endorsement of UFCW Local 1189 - United Food and Commercial Workers Union. She released this statement:

I am delighted and honored to received the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union - Local 1189.



The members of UFCW are essential workers in retail grocery and meat establishments, medical cannabis, food processing & manufacturing, health care and long-term care. UFCW Local 1189 represents over 10,000 members in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

They are on the frontline during the COVID-19 epidemic and make it possible for all of us to get through our daily lives with the food and basic services we need.

I am very grateful to have the confidence of the members of UFCW Local 1189.


We are honored by their trust!
 


SMART-TD Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 28 September 2020

The SMART-TD endorsed Rep. Masin!

I am honored to have received the endorsement from the SMART-TD Minnesota Legislative Board.

Their members work on our rail lines round the clock and in all kinds of weather to keep people moving and the economy functioning. Efficient, safe, and reliable transportation is essential to move people, resources, and finished products.


(SMART-TD stands for "Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers - Transportation Division")
 


LiUNA MN & ND Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 18 September 2020


LiUNA MN & ND [website] has endorsed Rep. Sandy Masin.

On this occasion, Rep. Masin released the following:

I am very pleased and honored to receive the endorsement of LiUNA Minnesota ∓ North Dakota.

This is Minnesota's largest Infrastructure Labor Union. They have an impressive training facility in Lino Lakes to enhance workers skills and promote workplace safety. LiUNA operates Minnesota's largest and most diverse skilled construction apprenticeship program.


 
 


NARAL Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 12 September 2020


We are delighted to announce that NARAL has endorsed Rep. Sandy Masin. Their endorsement energizes and renews our commitments to Minnesotans!

Rep. Masin released this brief message late yesterday after a long day meeting Constituents:

I am very pleased to receive the endorsement of NARAL, a prominent organization working to ensure everyone has the right to reproductive freedom.


 


Planned Parenthood endorses Rep. Sandy Masin
Posted on 3 September 2020



Rep. Masin received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood! She released this statement:
I am very pleased and honored to receive the endorsement from Planned Parenthood.

This organization does incredible work to provide health care to people, particularly those that may not have adequate insurance or financial resources.

 


Conservation Minnesota Likes Masin's Voting Record!
Posted on 31 August 2020



Conservation Minnesota tracks legislators' voting record on issues of environment, clean air, clean water and so on. See their website for Rep. Masin's record here
 


Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 21 August 2020


Rep. Masin just received an important endorsement from Minnesota Nurses Association. On the occasion, Rep. Masin released the following statement:
I am extremely pleased and honored to receive the endorsement of the Minnesota Nurses Association. Nurses are the core of our health care system.
We rely on them for out day-to-day care and so so much more. They are strong advocates for their patients and for better healthcare for all of us.

We are grateful for this honor! Thank you MNA!
 


Clean Water Action endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 15 August 2020


Rep. Masin just received an important endorsement from Clean Water Action organization. She released the following statement:
I am extremely pleased and honored to have the endorsement of Clean Water Action. This organization does incredible work to protect our environment.

They were instrumental in keeping a burner out of Dakota County. We know that there is a lot of work that still needs to be done to ensure clean water.

Thank you for honoring Rep. Masin and her work with your endorsement!


Sierra Club Endorses Rep. Masin
Posted on 6 August 2020


Rep. Masin received Sierra Club's endorsement for 2020 Election. She released this statement on the occasion:
I am so proud to receive the endorsement of the Sierra Club, one of the premier environmental organizations. Their membership has long been relied on to protect our environment.

THANK YOU, Sierra Club!


Legislator of Distinction
Posted on 20 September 2019

We just found out!!!

The League of Minnesota Cities recently named Rep. Sandy Masin me as a Legislator of Distinction. Thank you to the League for honoring Rep. Masin in such a great way and recognize her hard work.

This award is given to lawmakers who successfully work with local officials to meet the unique needs of their community.

More information about the award is available here.
 


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