Lt. Governor Prettner Solon convened the first meeting of the “Own Your Future” Advisory Panel, a group charged with guiding a statewide public awareness campaign to encourage Minnesotans to plan for the care they will need as they grow older.
The group aims to raise awareness of the importance of advance planning in ensuring that Minnesotans have more control and more choice in meeting their long-term health care needs. The focus of the panel is to develop and implement strategies to increase the number of Minnesotans who take action to address and provide for their future long-term care. “We need to engage all Minnesotans in thinking about how they will plan for and pay for the care they are likely to need as we, as a society, are living longer and growing older,” Prettner Solon said.
In addition the panel will aid in the development and review of materials for use by Minnesota employers, grassroots organizations and community groups, and provide outreach assistance in a public awareness effort. The Lieutenant Governor expressed gratitude “for the assistance […] of Minnesotans representing key sectors of labor, business, health care, the faith community and non-profit organizations” in working towards these goals.
On Thursday morning Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon bought her fishing license at Marine General in Duluth. The Minnesota Fishing Opener is about two weeks away, and the Lt. Governor will be one of the half-million people on the waters on that day.
The Governor’s Fishing Opener is a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. The event was organized to promote the development of Minnesota’s recreation industry, and now it serves as a kick-off celebration to the state’s summer tourism season. Fishing accounts for a large part of the state’s tourism economy. The sport brings in $11.3 billion every year or about $31 million each day.
Senior citizens are among the most vulnerable to fraud and financial abuse. Consumers over the age of 65 control 70 percent of the nation’s wealth, and crooks know it. In fact, each year con artists scam older Americans out of $2.5 billion.
To kick off Seniors Week of Financial Literacy Month, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the Minnesota AARP, and the Office of the Lt. Governor are joining forces to raise awareness of fraud targeting older consumers and provide Minnesota seniors the information they need to protect their finances from the threat of financial abuse.
This week Lt. Governor Prettner Solon traveled to Washington DC to take part in the National Lt. Governors Association spring meetings. The Lt. Governor currently serves as Midwest At-Large representative to the NLGA Executive Committee.
At the meetings Lt. Governors from around the country talked about energy issues, health care policy, national debt, state-federal legal issues, and veteran services. Lt. Governor Prettner Solon attended and participated in several meetings and panel discussions throughout the week. The Lt. Governor was also on hand to present the GE Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship award. Last year, Lt. Governor Prettner Solon won the inaugural award, for her work on energy and environmental issues.
Two weeks upon returning from a trade mission to China, Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon is still feeling good about the progress made, the discussions had, and the relationships built during the weeklong trip that took place in October.
In a discussion with Politics in Minnesota published yesterday, the Lieutenant Governor shared her thoughts on important outcomes that came out of the China visit.
Following two speeches and time for lunch, the Governor’s Job Summit continued on with a series of seven afternoon breakout sessions. As with the morning sessions, the afternoon sessions focused on vital economic issues.
Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon led a panel on infrastructure for the 21st century, where panelists talked about the need for expanded broadband access and continued investment in transportation infrastructure. Panelists and attendees agreed technology is key to make sure our state stays ahead of the curve and is equipped to handle all of its infrastructure projects more efficiently and intelligently.
Right off the heels of Governor Dayton’s trade mission to South Korea, this week Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon departed for another economic development mission, this one to China and hosted by the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association (NLGA).
Joined by five other lieutenant governors from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska, Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon is first attending the Canton Trade Fair in Ghangzhou. She will also have meetings in both Shanghai and Beijing with Chinese leaders in foreign affairs, aviation and education before the mission ends on Oct. 20.
On Oct. 14, the first day of the trip, the lieutenant governors were unexpectedly greeted by Wen Jiabao, the second-in-command to Chinese President Hu Jintao. Wen Jiabao joined Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon and the other lieutenant governors for some of their scheduled meetings of the day, getting the trade mission off to a productive start.
For more details about Lieutenant Governor’s Trade Mission to China, check out the full news release.
This Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon will join lieutenant governors from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska on an economic development mission to China.
The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) will host the mission October 14 – 20, 2011. Delegates will attend the Canton Trade Fair in Ghangzhou then travel on to meetings in both Shanghai and Beijing. From 2000 – 2010, China was the largest contributor to United States export growth of any major trading partner. In that period, exports to China grew 468% while exports to the rest of the world grew at an average of 55%.
Summit will examine how to better utilize the talent of older Minnesotans; Recommendations will be used to bolster effectiveness of Senior LinkAge Line’s upcoming civic engagement service
St. Paul — Today, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon convened a statewide summit with leading organizations on aging and volunteerism to explore how adults, 50 years and older, can be a vital part of addressing critical statewide issues through volunteering and community engagement. The organizations involved, including AARP, Twin Cities Public Television, Hamline University, and Minnesota Senior Corps Volunteer Programs are on the front lines when it comes to building the capacity of Minnesota to address the challenges it faces now and in future.
The network of leaders in volunteerism from across Minnesota came together to explore ways of eliminating existing barriers for older adult participation in volunteer and civic engagement roles, and worked to determine concrete next steps to develop a coordinated statewide network to harness the skills and talents of this growing population.