AARP & LEGISLATORS WORKING TO EXPAND RETIREMENT SAVINGS

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 …

AARP Testifies in Support of Secure Choice

AARP Testifies in Support of Secure Choice

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy Testimony By Jim Scheibel, AARP Volunteer Board Member Before the House Committee on Jobs On the Minnesota MN Secure Choice Plan  Wednesday, March 5, 2014   Mr. Chairman, Members of the committee, my name is Jim Scheibel. I am here today as a volunteer member of AARP Minnesota’s Executive Council.  On behalf of our more than 650,000 Minnesota members, AARP appreciates the opportunity to testify on this very important issue of retirement security for Minnesota workers and their families. We …

Taking on Utility Rate Hikes

Taking on Utility Rate Hikes

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy   By Mary Van Beusekom When Dale Jeske of New Hope heard about a proposed CenterPoint Energy rate hike last fall, he took out paper and penned a letter to the Public Utilities Commission. The retired accountant and his wife, Vivian, both 87, live on Social Security and are concerned about not being able to afford to heat their home. “It’s harder to budget money when everything is going up,” he said. “I think they should bite the bullet and …

WILL PHILLIPS NAMED AARP MINNESOTA STATE DIRECTOR

WILL PHILLIPS NAMED AARP MINNESOTA STATE DIRECTOR

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy AARP announced today that Will Phillips has been named State Director of AARP Minnesota.  There are nearly 700,000 AARP members in Minnesota and thousands of volunteers who work on advocacy, community service and education efforts on behalf of those over the age of 50.  AARP Minnesota is based in St. Paul, with a volunteer information center at the Mall of America.  Will Phillips has worked with AARP for more than nine years in various capacities.  Prior to being named Minnesota …

AARP FOCUSED ON FINANCIAL SECURITY DURING 2014 SESSION

AARP FOCUSED ON FINANCIAL SECURITY DURING 2014 SESSION

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy AARP’s focus during the 2014 Legislative Session will be strengthening the financial security of Minnesotans.  Whether nearing retirement, or putting their kids through college, AARP is fighting to put financial security within reach for Minnesotans who work hard and plan for their future. In order to strengthen the financial security of all Minnesotans, including unpaid family caregivers, and protect utility customers from unfair price increases and the possibility that they could lose land line telephone service, AARP is focusing on …

AARP Focused on Financial Security for Unpaid Family Caregivers

AARP Focused on Financial Security for Unpaid Family Caregivers

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy Today, more than 42 million family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion in unpaid care for their loved ones.  The estimated value of the care provided by family and friends in Minnesota is $8.9 billion annually. As the population ages, the number of workers providing care for their aging parents or relatives is on the rise. Family caregivers often struggle to balance work and family care giving responsibilities that can create financial hardship especially when caregivers lose income or have …