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Welcome

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Thanks for visiting our site. Senate District 48 DFL includes Southern Minnetonka and the majority of Eden Prairie. We bring together two vibrant communities with a diverse population. We believe it’s a great area to live and raise a family.

We also believe, as Sen. Wellstone said, “As free citizens in a political democracy we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community.” If you’re interested in learning more about what we believe and are doing, please visit our site often.  If you’d like to get involved in moving our communities, state and country forward to a progressive future, please contact us. There are lots of ways you can get involved.  Hope to see you soon!

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2015 SD48 DFL Convention

Convention GraphicWere You Elected a Delegate to the Senate District Convention at the 2014 Caucuses?

Your attendance is critical!

Who:  YOU! (as a delegate elected at the 2014 caucus)

What:  Senate District 48 DFL Convention

Where:  Glen Lake Activity Center, 14350 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

When:  Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:30 pm meet VIPS, 7:00 pm convene convention.

We’ll be electing our Senate District Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Outreach Officer for the next two years. If you’re interested in running, you’ll need to download our 2015 Screening Application, complete it and return it to us at the e-mail address below. Screenings will be held Saturday, May 9 from 9:00 am until noon at the Minnetonka Community Center.  If necessary, additional screenings will be held Monday evening, May 11, at a different location if needed.  We’ll be in touch with you to schedule a screening.  Only screened candidates may run for office and must attend the convention.

Need more information? E-mail us at info@dfl48.org.

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Dear Neighbor,

Legislators have been spending many hours in committee as omnibus policy and finance bills are being developed in anticipation of committee deadlines.  Next week we will start to hear those omnibus bills, and it is more important than ever that you contact me and let me know your views.

House Education Omnibus Bill

This week, the House majority unveiled its E-12 education bill. On a positive note, my bipartisan bill, Tyler Hill’s K-12 Sunshine Bill, which requires programs that recruit our K-12 students for experiences abroad to report on their safety records, was included in this bill. Another bipartisan bill of mine, which will allow our immersion school students to take college in the schools as 9th and 10th graders if their local school districts feel they are ready, is also included.  Increased funding and policy changes will also make it easier for our high school students to earn college credits.

However, despite a significant projected budget surplus of nearly $2 billion, the bill provides for an increase of less than 1% (.6%) in education funding in each of the next two years. School officials have told legislators that this funding is inadequate and will result in teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program reductions or eliminations.  I am very concerned about this, as I believe we need to strike a better balance between investing our projected surplus in our state’s children and their economic future, and providing a hospitable tax climate.

Last biennium, I authored the bill to pay back the money previously borrowed from Minnesota’s schools.  That has been accomplished.  Now I am concerned that inadequate funding now could lead us back down a path of borrowing and budgeting shifts. In any proposal, there needs to be balance and fiscal sustainability.

Presenting my bill to increase science, technology, engineering and math in our schools, along with the Apple Valley “Iron Maidens” all-female robotics team!

Avian Flu

Yesterday, the House declared an urgency to fund an emergency response to the avian influenza epidemic facing turkey farms throughout Minnesota. The bill would fund Minnesota’s portion of the emergency response not covered with federal funds. Governor Dayton issued Emergency Executive Order 15-06 last week and the legislature is now responding. This will give related agencies the funds needed to respond to and prevent the spread of avian flu in Minnesota. So far, 26 flocks of turkeys have been infected. 

Met Council

Some of my colleagues across the aisle in outer-ring counties have proposed significant changes to the Met Council. One of the most significant changes would replace board members (who are currently appointed by the Governor) with elected officials, which some say would politicize the process. The Met Council’s duty is to serve the entire metropolitan region, and in turn the whole state. I share concerns with many that making the council more political would not help to serve this mission. I understand that the Met Council changes as Governors change, and I would be open to considering staggered terms to promote institutional memory on the board, and possibly having a mixture of elected officials and Governor appointed members on the board.  Please let me know your thoughts.

As always, please contact me anytime with your input.  I can be reached by phone at (651) 296-3964 or by email at rep.yvonne.selcer@house.mn. Thank you for the honor of representing you at the State Capitol.

Best, 

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Yvonne Selcer

State Representative, 48A
227 State Office Building
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3964

 To sign up for my e-updates, click the link below:

 http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?

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In the Know

Minnesota DFL
April 17, 2015
 
Events today

  • Gov. Dayton will speak by phone with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the state and federal responses to avian flu in Minnesota.
  • Gov. Dayton and Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman will meet with Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.
  • 9 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will participate in a trout fishing clinic, Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 10:15 a.m. (EST) – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair, Ray Buckley, will hold a press conference in Nashua on the sidelines of the NHGOP’s #FITN Republican Leadership Summit to highlight the damaging impact the Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls would have on the middle class and hardworking families in the Granite State and across the country. Wasserman Schultz and Buckley will discuss the GOP field and its steadfast commitment to tired Republican policies that move the country backwards: opposing increasing the minimum wage and equal pay legislation, promoting policies that benefit the wealthiest few at the expense of the middle class, and turning back the clock on women’s health and LGBT equality. Courtyard Marriot, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 11 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will hold a media availability before going fishing on Whitewater River. Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura.
  • 1:20 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will tour the Trout Run Conservation Area and discuss the efforts Trout Unlimited and others are making to conserve a natural trout habitat, 10452-10598 Troy Valley Drive, St. Charles.
  • 2 p.m. – Sen. Susan Kent will host a press conference and take a tour of Tubman Center East, a domestic violence shelter in her district. Senator Kent is the Senate author of the bi-partisan funding bill for Crime Victims Services; funding to support victims of violent crime has been cut by 40 percent since 2001.
  • 2:15 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will tour the Oakenwald Bed and Breakfast and discuss the importance of tourism in southeast Minnesota, 218 Winona Street Southeast, Chatfield.
  • 3:15 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will visit Adourn Boutique and talk about small business development, 218 Main St. S., Chatfield.
  • 6 p.m. – “Wisconsin Rising” filmmaker Sam Mayfield will be on hand for a screening of his film at the Bell Museum, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis. The event, part of Labor Movie Night, is free and open to the public.

 
Events Saturday 

  • 10 a.m. – DFL African American Caucus meeting. Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis.
  • 2 p.m. – CD 2 DFL education forum featuring Sen. Greg Clausen, Sen. Kevin Dahle, Rep. David Bly, Quentin WalthunOcama, co-president of the MYDFL, and a representative fromEducation Minnesota, Eagan/Apple Valley/ Rosemount Schools.

 
Event Sunday

  • 2 p.m. – DFL Environmental Caucus planning meeting. Burnhaven Library, 1101 West County Rd. 42, Burnsville.

 
Save the date

  • May 16 – First membership meeting of the DFL Environmental Caucus. 1 – 4 p.m., Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood.
  • April 22 – The Lakes Area Progressive Caucus is in the formation stages of a group and input is needed.  Those interested are encouraged to attend a meeting at the Perham Public Library from 2-4 p.m.

 
Events you won’t want to miss!

 
2016 election
Super PAC formed to help Wisconsin’s Walker in ’16 campaignPioneer Press
New Hampshire takes the 2016 spotlightThe Hill
Clinton distances herself from Obama while courting his supportersLA Times
GOP contenders gather for NH meeting: 5 things to watch forStar Tribune
Hillary Clinton re-emerges, by design (but also by surprise), The New York Times
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In the Know

Minnesota DFL
April 16, 2015
 
Events today

  • 8 a.m. – TakeAction Minnesota and Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (MN NOC) will lead a rally on the lawn of the State Capitol calling on the Minnesota legislature to pass voting rights restoration legislation this session. Over 47,000 Minnesotans are being denied their right to vote due to being on probation or parole and bills introduced in both the House and Senate this session enjoy broad bipartisan support.
  • 10 a.m. – DEED will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for March 2015.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • Noon – Rally for transportation on the lawn in front of the State Capitol. Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators will speak.
  • Noon – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the Minnesota Wild Playoff Pep Rally at Rice Park.
  • 3:30 p.m. – The Minnesota House meets in session.
  • 6 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will attend Mayor Chris Coleman’s “State of the City” address at the Ordway.

 
Save the date

  • April 18 – DFL African American Caucus meeting. 10 a.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis. 
  • April 19 – DFL Environmental Caucus planning meeting. 2 – 4 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 West County Rd. 42, Burnsville.
  • May 16 – First membership meeting of the DFL Environmental Caucus. 1 – 4 p.m., Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood.

 
Events you won’t want to miss

 
2015 session
Booze, guns, could make for lively debates at Capitol ThursdayStar Tribune
If the state’s budget is like a family’s, why is the Minnesota GOP so willing to take on debtMinnPost
Minnesota House Republican budget poses a threat to the Iron RangeGrand Rapids Herald
Democrats ready for Round 2 as GOP targets health programWCCO
House Republicans want to slash state government spendingMPR
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A lot of Republican elected officials are quick to cite percentages rather than dollars when talking about taxes and how those rich people are so put upon by the government.  Our own Sen. David Hann is one of those who’s fast to toss out percentages, hoping people won’t have the background to respond.

Well, we found a great video that debunks the above. We posted a link on social media yesterday, but felt on this Tax Day, it was important to get the truth out there. Please take the 3 minutes to watch this:

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DFL Chairman Ken Martin on Equal Pay Day

ken-martinOn April 14, 2015, DFL State Chair Ken Martin released this statement:

“On Equal Pay Day it is important to recognize the pay gap between men and women, and remind us of how we impede our own success when we refuse to compensate equal work with equal pay. In Minnesota, women make just 80 cents for every $1 earned by a man. For the average woman, that is a loss in compensation of more than $430,000 over her working lifetime for her, her family and our economy.

“Minnesota has always had a high percentage of women in the workforce, many who are the primary or sole breadwinner for their families. With this in mind, in 2014, Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators passed the ‘Women's Economic Security Act.’ The Act is aimed at leveling the workforce playing field.

“Equal Pay Day is reminder that even though we’ve made gains for Minnesota women and their families, there is more work to do. Lawmakers must keep women’s economic security at the forefront of their work because when women succeed, Minnesota succeeds.”

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