Gov't leaders proclaim importance of Fin. Lit. Month
April 10, 2015
MADISON, Wis. (4/13/15)--From the White House to state houses nationwide, governmental leaders are reminding the public that April is National Financial Literacy Month.
President Barack Obama, who changed the term slightly to National Financial Capability Month, wrote in his proclamation, "By strengthening the financial capability of all Americans, we are investing in the fundamental promise of a brighter future and building a more prosperous nation." He called upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities to improve their understanding of financial principles and practices.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf specifically mentioned National Credit Union Youth Month in his proclamation, and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal noted the financial literacy efforts of the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, among other state organizations.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed April 2015 to be Financial Literacy Month in their respective states (Leaguer April 1).
Hutchinson noted that "with careful planning, we can all make sure we are on solid financial footing now and in the future," while Fallin encouraged Oklahoma citizens to "improve their financial literacy and make every effort to achieve financial wellness."
Abbott said: "Whether we are saving money for a home, a college education or retirement, budgeting and successful financial planning are crucial to reaching our goals."
In his April 1 announcement, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad wrote, "the state of Iowa believes knowledge of personal finance is essential for the success of citizens and state."
Last week, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed his Financial Literacy Month proclamation.
A partial list of other governors who made proclamations includes: Terry McAuliffe, Virginia; Mark Dayton, Minnesota; Kate Brown, Oregon; Sam Brownback, Kansas; Butch Otter, Idaho; Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire; Andrew Cuomo, New York; and Jay Inslee, Washington.