Mark Dayton on Social Security
Democratic Governor; previously Senator
People shouldn’t have access to withholdings; too risky
Dayton said allowing people access to their Social Security withholdings endangers the security of retirees. “It’s not a system designed to have people become millionaires,” Dayton said. “We don’t want them to lose everything either.”
Source: By Bob Collins, Minnesota Public Radio on-line
, Nov 6, 2000
Opposes privatization of social security
Mark Dayton today pledged to fight to keep Social Security a safe harbor for retirees, disabled workers and surviving family members and proposed eliminating the “motherhood penalty” to protect women. Rod Grams’ plan to dismantle Social Security is
fiscal piracy, Dayton said, and ignores the basic dynamics of the marketplace. The plan:
Source: Press Release, “Dayton Plan for Social Security”
, Oct 11, 2000
- Opposes privatization of social security. Because Social Security is a “pay as you go” system, any privatization effort would exacerbate the solvency problem by
withdrawing dollars from the system.
- Puts Social Security Trust Funds in a Lockbox.
- Strengthens Social Security by paying down the national debt.
- Eliminates the “motherhood penalty” and increases benefits for widows. Dayton proposes crediting
workers with earnings for up to five years spent out of the workforce for child rearing. Dayton also proposes increasing the widow benefit to at least 75 percent of the combined couple’s benefit to insure a fair cost of living.
Keep Social Security intact
I promise to keep Social Security intact, not take a single dollar out of it. The only real threat to Social Security today are those who would undermine it by diverting some or even most of the funds now going into Social Security
for other private accounts or other purposes. My plan would require that surpluses in the Social Security trust fund be set aside exclusively for the benefit of the program.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire
, Jul 2, 2000
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record.
Dayton scores 90% by the ARA on senior issues
The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.
The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
Source: ARA website 03n-ARA on Dec 31, 2003