AARP Wisconsin

Jim Flaherty


Jim is the communications director of AARP Wisconsin.

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Thinking of Starting a New Business After 50?

Posted on 06/9/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

If you’ve ever thought of starting a new small business or expanding an existing one after age 50, you are not alone. In fact, about 13 percent of current wage and salary workers say they plan to start a new business once they retire, according to a recent AARP survey. But this process can be confusing, frustrating, risky and downright scary. Sometimes just trying to figure out how and where to get started is the biggest part of the battle. …

Help us Clear One Last SeniorCare Hurdle

Posted on 06/8/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Thanks to incredible support from thousands of people all across the state, SeniorCare – Wisconsin’s popular and cost-efficient prescription drug assistance program – will continue unchanged in the 2015-17 state budget. This huge victory for Wisconsin seniors would never have happened without all the phone calls, emails, legislative visits, public testimony at budget hearings, and other efforts that Wisconsinites like you made over the past couple months to emphasize the critical importance of protecting SeniorCare from a proposed major overhaul. …

Press Your Legislators to Accept Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 05/8/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Here’s what we can’t figure out. Our state legislators acknowledge they are facing some gigantic holes as they continue to create the next biennial state budget, and they just received word from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) that they won’t be able to fill those holes with new revenue growth, as they had hoped. At the same time, Wisconsin has a unique opportunity to bring in at least an additional $345 million of revenue into the state budget by accepting Medicaid …

Make Financial Advisors Accountable for Advice

Posted on 04/22/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

In today’s world it’s hard enough to save for retirement and plan for your future. We don’t need to make this process even more difficult by allowing some on Wall Street to take advantage of hard-working Americans. Bad financial advice is just wrong, and we are determined to put a stop to it. That’s why President Barack Obama recently joined AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and members of the Save Our Retirement coalition to announce that a major step has …

Status of Critical State Budget Issues

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Our red-shirted AARP Wisconsin volunteer advocates made a huge impact at all four of the Joint Finance Committee’s state budget hearings across state last month. Our team was front and center, two rows deep, and among the first to testify at all four hearings. Our constant drumbeat of AARP member and volunteer emails, calls and visits with legislators since those hearings could result in changes to the governor’s proposed state budget that we’ve been calling for all along. We are …

Don’t Mess With SeniorCare

Posted on 02/10/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

We all know Wisconsin lawmakers rarely agree on anything. But one state-run program that receives praise and support from both sides of the political aisle year after year is SeniorCare. Now even that wildly successful and popular program is being targeted for a major overhaul in the governor’s proposed 2015-17 budget. We can’t let that happen! SeniorCare has literally become a lifeline for so many Wisconsinites who struggle to make ends meet. This prescription drug program is unique to Wisconsin …