Will our next governor protect ratepayers? Find out in the AARP Voter Guide.

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AARP VT Voter Guide for the 2016 Gubernatorial Election AARP VT produced this guide to help you find out what the two candidates for Vermont Governor are saying about utility regulation in Vermont. AARP is committed to helping you get the facts you need to choose candidates who reflect your views and values. We are nonpartisan — we don’t support or oppose any political candidates or contribute any money to campaigns or political action committees. Our priority is ensuring you …

Tax-Aide Program Seeks Volunteers — Training Provided

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AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation.  Tax season, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers help prepare federal and state tax returns for low and middle income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome and some computer skills are an extra bonus.  You do not need to be an AARP member nor a retiree and no prior experience in tax preparation is …

New Report: How Utility Regulation in VT Benefits Stockholders at the Expense of Ratepayers

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Utility regulation in Vermont can be a very complicated process and one that most citizens do not fully understand. AARP Vermont is working hard to shed  light on some of the problems with the current approach to regulating electric and natural gas utility companies — especially as it relates to the rates you pay. A new, independent report just released by AARP Vermont (attached below) shows how Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) has been operating under what is known as an …

VT Governor Debate – Oct. 10

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Meet the next Vermont Governor! AARP VT invites you to attend candidate forum on Oct. 10 with Phil Scott and Sue Minter.  Find out how each candidate stands on issues important to older Vermonters such as transportation challenges, high utility bills or housing issues. Ask your own questions—face to face. Oct. 10, 2016 — 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30) DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, 1117 Williston Rd., So. Burlington, VT To be broadcast live on VT PBS.

AARP Teams with Senator Leahy to Lower the Costs of Prescription Drugs

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Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs By Senator Patrick Leahy For far too long, Americans have struggled to cope with the rising costs of prescription drugs.  And when brand name companies can drive up the price of drugs by using predatory practices, we all suffer.  Illnesses get worse.  Families, government programs, and other payers in the healthcare system ultimately bear those added, unnecessary costs. The problem of rising drugs costs is only getting worse.  Last year, Americans learned of the …

Battleground State Women Voters Want Action on Social Security — Candidate Positions as Crucial Program Has 81st Birthday Neither Candidate Has Majority of Women Voters

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Chicago, IL— At a forum on Social Security today, AARP leaders released results of a new poll of likely battleground state likely women voters age 50 and over who believe candidates have not done enough to tell them about their Social Security plans and also believe that within several years, the next President needs to take action to update the program.   On Sunday, Social Security turned 81, and at today’s forum experts discussed differing opinions about the future of …

Small Community Grant Makes Big Impact for New Americans

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Sometimes all it takes to make a difference is a little nudge. That’s what happened when AARP Vermont elected to support a small educational program in Burlington serving New American parents and grandparents.  A modest grant from AARP Vermont to Parent University leveraged real progress in reaching a population that was largely ignored. The sponsorship was critical to the program’s success over the past year and helped it reach older adults among the New American population, providing valuable education while …

Survey Says Unwary Consumers at Risk on Public Wi-Fi Networks

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AARP Launches “Watch Your Wi-Fi” Campaign to Increase Consumer Awareness and Engage Businesses A new survey from AARP says busy consumers relying on the convenience of public wireless networks to keep up-to-date on email, social networks, shopping and even their finances often put their sensitive personal information at risk. The AARP Fraud Watch Network today launches a “Watch Your Wi-Fi” campaign to educate Americans about Wi-Fi hazards and how they can protect themselves.  As part of the campaign, AARP has …

Community Action Grants Offered in Burlington

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  Can you or your group make a difference in the Queen City?   As a way to encourage and support grassroots action to make Burlington more livable, AARP Vermont is once again offering Community Action Grants to provide modest funding and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of the Livable BTV, an AARP Vermont initiative aimed at preparing Burlington for the rapidly aging demographic shift – particularly in the areas of housing, mobility and …

Check out the Craftsman Fair at Lake Sunapee — and Get an AARP Member Discount!

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It wouldn’t be summer in New Hampshire without the 83rd Annual Craftsmen’s Fair https://www.nhcrafts.org/craftsmens-fair-overview.php – August 6 through 14, 2016 – at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury.  http://www.mountsunapee.com/mtsunapeewinter/index.asp.  AARP members receive a $7 discounted ticket – at the gate or online http://www.nhcrafts.org – with their membership card.  To receive the discount when ordering online, https://www.nhcrafts.org/tix and use the code FAIR2. Don’t miss this fun, festival-like atmosphere with shopping, entertainment and interactive activities for all ages.  Shop for one-of-a-kind crafts from …