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Today’s basic phone service deregulation decision by the BPU ignores public interest

Posted on 05/19/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

A statement from AARP New Jersey State President Dave Mollen The decision this morning by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to almost totally deregulate basic telephone services for New Jersey consumers does not serve the interests of the public. It only serves the interests of the telecommunications utility companies, predominantly, Verizon. To add insult to injury to the public, the BPU utterly failed to seek or accept public testimony and stakeholder input in the decision-making process. This is …

Secure Choice means a secure retirement for many

Posted on 05/18/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Millions of Americans, and residents across the Garden State, rest their retirement hopes and dreams on Social Security, employment-based savings plans, personal financial assets, and health insurance. Unfortunately, these pillars are eroding. The winds and sands of political strife and the fallout of the financial crisis have contributed to the erosion of defined pension plans and personal financial assets. As a matter of fact, more than 50% of private sector workers in the Garden State lack an employer-sponsored retirement plan …

Message to the Board of Public Utilities: “No back-room deals for Verizon!”

Posted on 05/14/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

AARP recently hosted a tele-press conference to alert the public about a recently revealed backroom deal struck between the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) staff and Verizon New Jersey to deregulate basic landline telephone service and which could harm consumers. The deal, if approved by the BPU Commissioners, will significantly increase rates and eliminate service quality oversight according to the coalition under the moniker “Don’t Hang up on New Jersey.” Participating on the call were Evelyn Liebman, AARP …

Bipartisanship help for caregivers is a win-win for all

Posted on 05/8/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Contrary to popular cynicism, public policy making is not all rank partisanship. The CARE Act was signed into law by Governor Christie in November and becomes effective on May 12. The lead sponsors were Assembly Speaker Prieto and Senator Vitale. The bill garnered almost unanimous bipartisan support. This was made possible due to months of negotiation and between sponsors, supporters and many stakeholders such as the New Jersey Hospital Association. The law enables a patient to identify a caregiver when …

Paid sick leave for NJ workers would benefit ALL of us

Posted on 04/24/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

In New Jersey, 1.2 million workers do not have the ability to earn sick days. Earned sick days can reduce emergency room visits, saving $1.1 billion a year nationally. Parents with paid sick days are 20 percent less likely to send a sick child to school, reducing the likelihood that their child’s illness will infect other children and staff. And speaking of disease transmission, 80 percent of food service workers in the United States have no paid sick days. When …

After 3 ½ Year Campaign, NJ Orders JCP&L Rate Cut  

Posted on 03/18/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

AARP is pleased that the result of today’s actions by the NJ Board of Public Utilities will be a reduction in base utility rates for JCP&L’s more than 1 million customers.  Prior to today’s decision, JCP&L’s rates had not been fully reviewed for almost a decade.  And while we are disappointed that rates are not being lowered more, a rate cut is certainly better than a rate increase. This decision vindicates the efforts of AARP and others, led by the …