Raise Your Voice Before They Raise Your Rates

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Wisconsin Just turning on the lights could be almost twice as expensive if some utility companies in Wisconsin have their way. Madison Gas & Electric (MGE), We Energies, and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC), are asking to nearly double the fixed electrical charge on your utility bill each month. This is the fee you pay before using any electricity at all. Many people lower their bills every month by turning off lights and keeping close tabs on their thermostat. But customers …

Questions to Ask Candidates

Posted on 09/19/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Wisconsin With the primary election now in the rear view mirror, voters across Wisconsin will soon be bombarded with all kinds of promises from candidates seeking your vote on Nov. 4. History tells us that while some of these promises will be kept, many will not. That’s why it’s up to us as voters to look past the sound bites and try to be as informed as possible about where the candidates stand on critical issues before we head to the …

Make Your Own Emergency Disaster Kit

Posted on 09/17/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Wisconsin Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year and have lasting effects both to people and property. When disaster strikes, relief organizations will try to help but may not be able to reach you immediately, so we need to be ready ourselves.  September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and it’s our opportunity to get disaster prepared.    This month we hope you will set time aside to create an emergency communications plan to establish how you find and communicate with loved ones …

We Need YOU to Help Keep Social Security Strong!

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Wisconsin Add your name to our petition to urge the President and Congress to keep Social Security strong.  For almost 80 years, Social Security has provided a strong foundation of income older Americans and their families can count on.  Social Security’s guaranteed benefits are a rock-solid commitment to American families. Americans earn Social Security’s guaranteed retirement benefits by making contributions out of every paycheck throughout their working lives. And, Social Security’s earned benefits also help workers and their families when disability …

Pressing Issues Face Older Voters

Posted on 09/4/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Wisconsin By David Lewellen Wisconsin will see a sharply contested race for governor this fall and will also choose 17 state senators, all 99 state representatives and eight members of the U.S. House. But before voters go to the polls, AARP Wisconsin will be spreading the word to voters and candidates alike about issues facing older residents. Major concerns Key state issues for Wisconsin’s 50-plus population this fall include: Family Care, a state program that helps older people and those with …

Energy Rate Hike Plan Harmful to Seniors

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Wisconsin Many older Wisconsinites are barely able to make ends meet each month. They dedicate themselves to conserving their home energy usage, trying to keep their bills more affordable and within their budget. But these seniors on fixed incomes could lose this control if a request from three utility companies to dramatically increase their fixed customer charges is approved by the state Public Service Commission (PSC). We can’t let that happen. Fortunately, there’s still time to fight this rate increase before it’s approved by …