Solving Hunger: Finding Those Who Need Help

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Mary Van Beusekom During her year working for AARP Minnesota, Lynne McMullen learned that hunger can appear in unexpected ways: “Senior hunger is often an invisible problem. Hunger can look like obesity because you don’t have the money to eat healthy food.” McMullen joined the AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger (endseniorhunger.aarp.org) as part of the national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps. Her task as an outreach coordinator was to identify ways to reach Minnesotans who may go hungry but …

Regular Minnesotans Speaking Out on Utility Costs

Posted on 06/17/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy Xcel Energy is asking more than 1 million Minnesota residents to pay 12.5% more for their electricity over the next two years.  The price hike will increase the average Xcel customer’s bill by $123 by 2016.  Rather than simply accepting their ever increasing utility bills, hundreds of Minnesotans are making their voices heard at the Public Utilities Commission.  Here are two individuals who shared their stories with us. Shirlee from Minneapolis   Steve from Forest Lake If you are an …

Have Your Say on Utility Increases

Posted on 06/10/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy Right now, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is considering a request by Xcel Energy to increase the electric bills of around 1 million consumers by 12.5% The Facts of the Request: This is the 6th rate increase filed since 2005 by Xcel. If approved, around 1 million Xcel customers will have had their utility bill increased 7 times in a 10 year span. Xcel’s proposal is a two-year rate increase that would increase the average residential electric bill by …

AARP NAMES JIM SCHEIBEL MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER STATE PRESIDENT

Posted on 06/5/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy ST.PAUL – AARP Minnesota today announced the appointment of Jim Scheibel of St. Paul to the two-year position of State President – the highest state-level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has more than 650,000 members statewide and nearly 40 million members nationwide. Scheibel, the former mayor of St. Paul, was appointed to the position by AARP Midwest Regional Volunteer Director Dean Clough,and will begin his role immediately. “Jim truly embodies everything AARP is striving to achieve on …

Financial Security the Hallmark of a Successful 2014 Session

Posted on 05/29/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy AARP’s priority this session was fighting for legislation that addresses the financial security of the 50+ population. Our top two priorities were: Enhancing retirement security through the Minnesota Secure Choice plan. Helping caregivers balance workplace and eldercare responsibilities.   Enhancing Retirement Security Minnesota Secure Choice Feasibility Study Enacted This year AARP helped passed legislation to study the feasibility of developing a new Minnesota Secure Choice in Retirement Plan that will enable more workers to save for retirement at work by …

AARP & LEGISLATORS WORKING TO EXPAND RETIREMENT SAVINGS

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy ST.PAUL — AARP Minnesota today unveiled a statewide survey that showed a growing concern over retirement savings in the Gopher State.  The survey engaged 1,000 Minnesotans over the age of 45 and found that 76 percent felt that they have not yet saved enough to retire and 72 percent support the idea of a state created retirement plan for those who lack access at their place of work. These results closely match national savings trends.  Nationally, the typical working-age household …