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Before you head to the polls, learn where the candidates stand on the issues that matter most to you. AARP Minnesota sat down with candidates for Minnesota Governor to hear how they would help Minnesotans save for retirement, create more livable communities, protect vulnerable adults and make prescription drugs more affordable. Watch how they responded below, so you can cast an educated vote this November.
Question 1: Saving for Retirement
40% of workers in Minnesota don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what will you do, above and beyond education efforts, to create new savings models so more people can start saving for retirement?
Question 2: Livable Communities
A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has housing that is affordable (no more than 30 percent of income is spent on housing), has transportation options, offers supportive community features and services for people of all ages, and allows people to remain in their communities as they age. What steps will you take to ensure all Minnesotans have access to livable communities?
Question 3: Protecting Vulnerable Adults
The gravity of the elder abuse crisis in Minnesota revealed a broken system of care and regulatory oversight that failed to protect older vulnerable adults from abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. What steps will you take to give vulnerable adults the tools to enforce their rights and strengthen public oversight of assisted living facilities?
Question 4: Affordable Prescriptions
The cost of health care continues to rise, leaving too many Minnesotans struggling to afford their prescription drugs, premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. What will you do to ensure prescription drugs and health coverage, including public programs such as MinnesotaCare, are accessible and affordable?