Energy Rate Hike Plan Harmful to Seniors

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy 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. Fortuantely, there’s still time to fight this rate increase before it’s approved by …

Questions to Ask Candidates

Posted on 08/29/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy 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 …

We Need YOU to Help Keep Social Security Strong!

Posted on 08/21/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy 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 …

Happy 79th Anniversary Social Security!

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy For 79 years now, Social Security has provided a foundation of income older Americans and their families can count on. Social Security’s guaranteed benefits are a rock-solid commitment to families in Wisconsin – and across the country. 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 help workers and their families when disability or death makes a paycheck disappear. AARP fights every day to make sure …

Voter Photo ID Status: Not Required

Posted on 08/12/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy Wisconsin voters DO NOT need to show a photo ID to receive a ballot in the August Primary on August 12. There is some confusion about voting in the August primary since the Wisconsin Supreme court recently ruled that the Wisconsin voter ID law was constitutional under State Constitution. Meanwhile, a federal court has ruled that Wisconsin’s voter ID requirement violates both the US Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. So, pending appeals to higher courts, voter ID is currently not …

Most Aren’t Financially Ready to Retire

Posted on 07/9/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy When it comes to financial planning for retirement, don’t make the mistake of thinking your monthly Social Security payments will be enough for you to continue living the lifestyle you want. Because chances are, they won’t. Here in Wisconsin the average monthly benefit is $1,281. Most retirees augment this with pension income and private savings. But others simply have not saved enough. In fact, about 75% of people nearing retirement have less than $30,000 in savings. And traditional pension plans …