Today, Governor Dayton participated in a round table discussion on college affordability sponsored by the University of Minnesota. The Governor, along with President Eric Kaler, Senator Al Franken, and Commissioner of Higher Education Larry Pogemiller met with college students from across Minnesota to discuss the impacts of higher education costs. Discussion focused on the challenges of paying for college and concern about rising student debt.
As part of the month-long focus on financial literacy during April, the week of April 9-14 has been designated as “Higher Education Financial Literacy Week.” Today’s round table was the first in a series of events that will be held this week to address the key issue of education costs. Particularly in these challenging economic times, it is essential that all Minnesotans, particularly young people, have the skills they need to manage their finances.
For most young people, a college education is the biggest and most important investment of their lives. Financial literacy will ensure that this investment is one that benefits the student rather than saddles him or her with crushing debt. Financial literacy will also encourage students and their families to consider college expenses alongside their broader financial objectives when choosing a college or university.
Check out the Office of Higher Education’s website for more information about lowering the cost of a college education.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced its 2012 construction program, which will include 316 economy-boosting projects in the Metro and in Greater Minnesota. This year's state highway construction projects include work on the Interstate I-694/Highway 10 interchange in the Twin Cities and completion of construction on I-35 in Duluth. Other projects will improve safety at railroad crossings, repair weather-damaged seawalls and docks, and repair runways and terminals at regional airports.
“MnDOT is focused on improving our highways and maximizing the capacity of the system,” said Commissioner Tom Sorel. “Our transportation system is vital to the state’s economy and to its citizens’ quality of life. We want to ensure that it provides a safe and efficient trip for all users.”
Attention all Minnesota Kids in Grades 3-5. As Financial Literacy Month continues, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Minnesota Twins mascot TC the Bear kicked off a statewide financial literacy essay contest today. The contest was announced during a school-wide assembly at Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet Elementary School in Saint Paul. ALL Minnesota kids in grades 3-5 are encouraged to participate.
The essay contest, called Hit a Homerun for Financial Literacy Month, is sponsored by Governor Mark Dayton, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and the Minnesota Twins. Kids interested in participating in the contest should submit a 300 word essay in response to this question:
What three steps can you take this month to make smart decisions with your money?
Minnesota has long been recognized as one of the healthiest states in the nation and a role model for others across the country in protecting and promoting the health of its people. In recognition of Minnesota’s achievements in public health and to promote future accomplishments, Governor Mark Dayton has declared this week to be Public Health Recognition Week.
"The successes of public health often go unrecognized," said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health. "In fact, most people may not know that public health accomplishments, not medical care, were responsible for 25 of the 30 years of life gained by Americans during the 20th Century." Those accomplishments include vaccination, motor vehicle safety, disease control, safer and healthier foods, and recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard.
Public health has played a crucial role in laying the foundation for good health and longevity in the state. Preventing disease, controlling environmental health hazards, and promoting healthy behaviors have all been an important part of helping Minnesotans live longer lives free of disease.
Governor Mark Dayton has issued a proclamation declaring April as Financial Literacy Month in Minnesota. Financial Literacy Month kicks off an unprecedented statewide outreach effort organized by the state’s newly founded ‘Interagency Work Group on Financial Literacy.’ Over the next four weeks, the work group will be coordinating nearly 40 outreach events, such as educational workgroups, financial trainings, and homeownership forums for Minnesota students, soldiers, families, and senior citizens.
Governor Dayton noted in his proclamation that, “Providing all Minnesotans the tools to make informed choices and avoid pitfalls helps improve their financial security.”