John W. Johnson, Warren, Minn., Published January 15 2014
Letter: Do away with Minn. lt. gov. postOn Jan. 14, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner-Solon announced she would not be seeking to serve another term with Gov. Mark Dayton. Her reasons were of a personal nature, and not political.
With governments, federal, state and local, often seeking ways to trim budgets, and in some cases reducing services to residents; is this a time to abolish that office in the state?
In researching the issue, there are six states that do not have that position in state government; some are urban and some rural. Their line of succession to the governor’s office is either the secretary of state, speaker of the House, or president of the Senate. Just what are the duties of the lieutenant governor, other than to be a potential successor? Prettner-Solon kind of created her own job description with issues of her passion, but is that position one of necessity?
The reporters covering her news conference indicated there may be some legislation introduced in the upcoming session to eliminate the office. Prettner-Solon has served the state well in a variety of public service offices; this is not to caste any aspersions on her dedication. However, I think the timing is right for Minnesota to abolish that position.