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State Representative Sandra Masin

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Posted: 2016-04-14
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Legislative Update

Legislative Update- April 14, 2016


Dear Neighbors,

Six weeks remain in the 2016 session. Omnibus bills are coming together and legislators are working to ensure fiscal bills are staying within the parameters of the recently released budget targets.

I’ve been staying busy, not only in Saint Paul, but in the district as well and wanted to take a moment to share with you some updates happening around our neighborhood.

State of the #191 School District

Superintendent Joe Gothard delivered the State of the District Address at Burnsville High School on the evening of April 5. 

Superintendent’s Gothard’s main focus was on giving details of Vision One 91.  The construction at the High School is evident as you approach the campus, but there are changes going on in other schools as well.  New programs and technology are also part of the changes going on to prepare students for the future.  Pathways is a new model to help high school students plan for college and career options.  One category is Arts, Global Communications, and Information Systems.  Another is Design, Engineering, & Manufacturing Technologies. Six students gave their perspectives on what they liked about their educational experiences in the district.  I was so impressed by the exciting opportunities being offered to students in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District.

Burnsville Students Contribute to Local Transit Project

Last week, Burnsville High School students taking the business elective, Interactive Design, produced interior panels for display in local and express Minnesota Valley Transit Authority buses.  These panels’ purpose is to encourage positive community relations by promoting school spirit, transit and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a support and advocacy group for military families.

Winners were announced by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Foundation.  I would like to offer a warm congratulations to winners Senior Jeremy Colegrove and Junior Osiris Keegan of Burnsville for their transit and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon themed panels.

Keep up the great work!

Survey

The legislative session is still underway and an array of bills continue to be discussed.  Several issues remain unresolved in the Taxes and Transportation conference committees.  I value your input and would appreciate gaining your perspective on these important issues facing our state.  You can access my survey at this website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/masin16.

Tax Deadline Day is April 18

The 2016 income tax filing season ends at midnight on Monday, April 18, so you have a few extra days to file this year. If you have not filed yet, the Minnesota Department of Revenue offers these tips to help taxpayers:

  • E-file and choose direct deposit - the most secure and convenient way to file your taxes and get your refund.
  • Enter your name and any dependents names exactly as they appear on Social Security cards. Incorrect names or Social Security numbers can result in refund delays.
  • Double-check bank routing and account numbers used on tax forms for direct deposit. Incorrect account numbers can delay your refund.
  • Complete each form and carry totals to the correct lines. If you electronically file, the calculations are automatically done for you.
  • Do not staple or use paperclips on your paper return. Staples and paperclips on tax returns need to be removed by hand and can slow down processing.
  • If you move after filing your return, contact us right away so anything sent to you will reach you, such as refund checks or requests for more information. You should do this even when requesting a direct deposit. Call us at 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free) to change your address.

File your return by the April 18, 2016 due date, even if you owe more than you can pay. Pay as much as you can by the due date and contact the Minnesota Dept. of Revenue as soon as possible to set up a payment plan for the remaining balance. Acting quickly can help to minimize any late payment penalties. For more information about making your payment electronically, visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue website.

For more individual income tax filing tips, check out the Minnesota Department of Revenue Weekly Tax Tip video series.

Please feel free to contact me on any state related issue that is important to you.  I can be reached at 651-296-3533 or by email at rep.sandra.masin@house.mn.

Sincerely,

Sandy Masin

State Representative 

 

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