How to Volunteer: Opportunities Abound

How to Volunteer: Opportunities Abound

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Dana Neuts When Stephen Guild, 72, volunteered to work for the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Call Center in Seattle, he did not know he would talk to a couple who lost all of their savings—$70,000—when they sponsored an Elvis impersonator who scammed them. “He was a smooth operator,” Guild recalled. It was too late to help that couple, but Guild has found fulfillment talking to other adults to help them avoid fraud. Guild volunteers several hours a week for …

Small Businesses Say Washingtonians Unprepared for Retirement, Believe State Needs to do More to Help

Small Businesses Say Washingtonians Unprepared for Retirement, Believe State Needs to do More to Help

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy The Small Business Majority released a new state poll today (Jan. 23) showing strong support for legislation designed to help Washington workers save for their future. Their news release and a copy of the poll are included below. AARP is strongly supporting the “Save Toward a Retirement Today” measaure or “STaRT.”  For more information, download AARP’s two-page fact sheet, or visit www.startwa.org.       SMALL BUSINESS MAJORITY For immediate release: Jan. 23, 2014 CONTACT: Allison Abney | Media Relations …

Short Legislative Session Offers Important Opportunities for Aging Washington

Short Legislative Session Offers Important Opportunities for Aging Washington

Posted on 01/13/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy By Ingrid McDonald, AARP Advocacy Director The age wave is here. By 2030, one out of five Washingtonians will be age 65 plus, up from 12 percent today.  It’s a short legislative session this year, but there are plenty of opportunities for our lawmakers to better prepare Washington for this huge demographic shift. AARP is advocating for some budget and policy measures to take pressure off future state budgets and create a more age-friendly society. Four important areas to focus …

AARP Supports STaRT Retirement Plan Legislative Proposal

AARP Supports STaRT Retirement Plan Legislative Proposal

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy Today, a secure retirement is out of reach for thousands of Washingtonians, especially those who work for small businesses. We need a commonsense approach that helps encourage private savings so more people can have the freedom to live independently throughout their lives. The Save Towards a Retirement Today (STaRT) legislative proposal makes it easier for small businesses to establish a basic retirement savings option for employees. Businesses with up to 100 employees would have the option of enrolling their employees …

Flash Analysis of Governor's Supplemental Budget

Flash Analysis of Governor’s Supplemental Budget

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy Governor Inslee’s Supplemental Budget – Flash Analysis by AARP Washington   12/18/2013 The Governor’s supplemental budget released yesterday includes small but very significant steps towards preparing for the age wave on the horizon. Overall, this budget proposal is very modest, with little new expenditure beyond the maintenance level.  As the Governor described, “This is a hold-steady budget that keeps us whole the remainder of the biennium.” In this context, it is particularly significant that the Governor made it a priority to …

CityClub's 2014 Legislative Preview - public event with top leadership from State House and Senate

CityClub’s 2014 Legislative Preview – public event with top leadership from State House and Senate

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy The year is winding down while the shining and new prospect of 2014 is just around the corner, and with it brings a new legislative session! Don’t miss this special in-person opportunity to speak directly with top leadership from the State House and Senate at a time when leadership questions are still being solved. Pre-registration recommended. How will seats shuffle and attitudes adjust as Mayor-elect Ed Murray takes his place in Seattle? What’s new and changing or old and stagnate …