Proposal 1 on Aug. 5 ballot benefits Michigan seniors

Posted on 07/14/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy Message from Tom Kimble, AARP Michigan Volunteer President: AARP does not usually take a position on tax reform proposals on the ballot. But we believe Proposal 1 is important enough to our members and all Michiganders that we wanted to get involved this time. Proposal 1 benefits our 1.4 million members and all Michigan residents age 50 and older in two important ways:  First, the personal property tax reform benefits older adults who own small businesses, including the increasing number …

Guardianship law saves money, time, heartache

Posted on 06/25/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy By Lisa Dedden Cooper, AARP Michigan Manager of Advocacy Legislation has been introduced in Michigan that would allow this state to join 38 other states  in adopting the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA). Senate Bills 465 and 466 were introduced last fall by State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker and were referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they are currently awaiting a hearing.  AARP Michigan supports this legislation because adopting the UAGPPJA will save money, time and heartache for Michigan …

Sederburg praises AARP long-term care Scorecard

Posted on 06/23/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) Director Kari Sederburg issued the following statement on the AARP 2014 State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard results for the state of Michigan:    “I want to thank AARP for its great work and thoughtful assessment of Michigan’s long-term care supports and services system.  “While the scorecard does not include many of the positive steps Michigan has taken the past few years to increase access to and improve the quality of supports …

Scorecard: Michigan has work to do to serve older residents

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy Michigan still needs tomake substantial improvements when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, especially when it comes to support for family caregivers. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation.  Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers – an update of the …

Vote ‘yes’ on Proposal 1 on Aug. 5 statewide ballot

Posted on 06/6/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy LANSING, Mich. – AARP Michigan announced today its endorsement of Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5statewide ballot, which stabilizes funding for local government services, helps small businesses without raising taxes and modernizes Michigan’s tax system. “AARP Michigan supports Proposal 1 because it solves two major problems without raising taxes,” said Thomas Kimble, Volunteer State President for AARP Michigan. “It eliminates a non-competitive tax on local small businesses, and keeps local communities whole so they can continue to provide vital services …

AARP Michigan Team takes part in Capitol Hill Lobby Day

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP volunteers and staff from every state visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives.      AARP Michigan State President Thomas Kimble joined State Director Jacqueline Morrison and Advocacy Manager Lisa Dedden Cooper on Capitol Hill. The AARP Michigan team visited the offices of eight members of the state’s congressional delegation.  “This Congress has an opportunity to …