Women here in northeastern Minnesota make, on the average, only 73 cents for every dollar a man makes and a University of Minnesota study recently found that families headed by women are four times more likely to be living in poverty. Area 6A Representative Carly Melin is sponsoring legislation to address the gap. She said “Women living in Minnesota – our mothers, sisters, daughters, and grandmothers – face disproportionate barriers to basic economic security, creating an unnecessary and preventable drag on the overall health of our economy.” Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Paul Thissen said Minnesota’s economy is heading in the right direction but not everyone is sharing in the gains. He said Melin’s bill “The Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014” aims to break down barriers to economic progress so that women, and all Minnesotans, have a fair opportunity to succeed.