Michigan retirement benefit tax summarized

Posted on 10/16/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Michigan | Money & Work   There were a host of state income tax changes for Michigan seniors that started in  2012, including new taxes on retirement benefits. AARP Michigan opposed the pension tax because we believe it is a hardship for many seniors on fixed incomes and we thought it was unfair to assess a new levy on pensions after retirement decisions were made based on the tax-free status. Beginning on January 1, 2012, pension and retirement benefits became subject to Michigan income tax for many recipients. Michigan law now …

View Age-Friendly Communities Conference here

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family | Michigan  The Age-Friendly Communities Conference hosted by AARP Michigan is now available for online viewing. The informative one-day conference, held in February 2013 in Ann Arbor, explored what communities must do to prepare for the growing population of older adults. The conference featured national experts who addressed the demographic shift occurring in communities and why it’s in a community’s economic interest to attract and retain boomers and older adults. About 200 mayors, city planners and managers, real estate developers, public health …

Watch candidates for governor debate on Sunday

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Michigan Michigan gubernatorial candidates Rick Snyder and Mark Schauer will hold their first and only debate on Sunday at 6 p.m.   AARP Michigan is sponsoring this debate.  Tune in to find out where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to you and your family. The town hall forum will be broadcast on WTVS-Channel 56 in the Detroit area and also will be available on public television stations and some commercial stations across the state. Check your local listings. You …

‘Reimagine Work’ in Grand Rapids brings changing workplace into focus

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Michigan | Money & Work Hear from industry leaders on how to seize opportunities that keep you in a job and help continue to enhance your professional success at “Reimagine Work” from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Western Michigan University Conference Center, 200 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. Keynote speaker will be Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s Today Show. She will be joined by a panel of business people. The discussion will focus on this question: Your next 20 years of …

Land, Peters Offer Positions on Issues

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Michigan By Rick Haglund U.S. Senate candidates Terri Lynn Land and Gary Peters agree on preserving Social Security and Medicare but sharply disagree on maintaining the Affordable Care Act. Peters, a Democrat who voted for the act in 2010 as a Detroit-area congressman, would keep it. Land, a Republican from West Michigan, favors repealing it. The two candidates are seeking to fill the seat of Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, who is retiring after 36 years. Land, 56, is a former clerk …

‘Aging in Place’ Gets a Funding Boost

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Michigan More Michiganders may have an opportunity to age in place since lawmakers approved an 8.7 percent increase in funding for MI Choice, the state’s Medicaid program for home- and community-based services. These services help people continue to live at home rather than move into nursing homes or other institutional settings. A 2009 AARP study showed a majority of Americans (89 percent) want to stay in their own homes as they age. The new state budget, which took effect Oct. 1, …