Payday Lending, Caregiving Top Legislative Agenda

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Thomas Korosec With several Texas cities taking the lead, the Legislature faces pressure to do more to curb some of the worst practices of payday lenders—and AARP volunteers are actively involved in the effort. Angie Garcia, an AARP Texas volunteer, was part of a campaign that successfully urged the El Paso City Council to place limits on payday loans. Under an ordinance that took effect this year, customers cannot borrow more than 20 percent of their gross monthly income …

What Will 2015 Hold?

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Texas is hosting a preview of the 2015 legislative session on Twitter. The chat will focus on issues important to Texans age 50-plus, such as nursing home reform, payday lending, retirement security, support for family caregivers and guardianship. The nursing home issue comes to the fore in the wake of a recent scorecard that ranked Texas 49th in the nation in quality of care for nursing home patients. The Twitter chat is scheduled Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to …

Advocating For Change; Keeping the Lights On

Posted on 10/20/2014 by | Texas | Comments

Advocacy By Mark Hollis AARP Texas AUSTIN, Texas — If you’re Janee Briesemeister, the frequent flyer miles add up quickly. In nearly three decades of advocacy for American consumers, Alaska and Hawaii are the only states Briesemeister hasn’t visited for her work. An undisputed national expert on energy, telecommunications and other utility issues, Briesemeister is a well-traveled, Austin-based champion for a host of consumer causes like making utility bills easier to understand and home energy costs more affordable. The former radio …

Big Decisions Loom for Older Voters

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

Advocacy By Thomas Korosec For the first time in 14 years, the Governor’s Mansion will have a new occupant. The Nov. 4 election offers voters a distinct choice of candidates. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee, promises to continue the small-government approach of outgoing Gov. Rick Perry (R). State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee from Fort Worth, vows to put a greater emphasis on education but says she will not raise taxes. The powerful position of lieutenant governor …

Austin Mayor Voters Guide from AARP Texas

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | Texas | Comments

Advocacy On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters in the City of Austin will go to the polls to select a new mayor. AARP asked the major candidates in this race for their solutions about issues important to AARP members, Americans age 50-plus, and their families. The answers are compiled in a Voters Guide. Each candidate was allowed up to 625 characters to answer the questions. Their responses were not edited nor modified.  AARP has provided a summary of our position for each …

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott on Health, Financial Security

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy AARP Texas Releases Voters’ Guide To 2014 Governor’s Race In an effort to help voters cut through the political campaign clutter, AARP Texas has unveiled a 2014 Voters’ Guide that is focused on what the candidates for governor are saying about health and financial security. In their own words, gubernatorial contenders Greg Abbott, a Republican, and Wendy Davis, a Democrat, provide in the AARP Voters’ Guide their side-by-side answers to questions about nursing facility care, family caregiving, retirement security, and …