Teaming Up to Take on Scammers

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Home & Family By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Last fall, someone called Ravindra Kumar’s home in Kendall Park claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. The caller said the IRS had a case against Kumar and needed his attorney’s name. Kumar, a retired accountant, told the caller to send the complaint in writing. Three months passed with no letter. But then Kumar, 84, got another call. At that point, he knew it was a scam. “I’m not that kind of person,” Kumar said. “I’m …

Trabajando en equipo para combatir las estafas

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Español | Finances 50+ | Money & Work | Volunteering Por Christina Hernandez Sherwood En el pasado otoño, alguien llamó a la casa de Ravindra Kumar en Kendall Park y le dijo que representaba al Internal Revenue Service (IRS, Servicio de Impuestos Internos). La persona que llamaba dijo que el IRS tenía un caso contra Kumar y necesitaba el nombre de su abogado. Kumar, contador jubilado, le pidió que le enviara el reclamo por escrito. Pasaron tres meses sin que llegara ninguna carta,  pero luego Kumar, de 84 años, recibió …

Will JCP&L customers’ 3 year saga soon come to an end?

Posted on 02/27/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy It’s been a long road to get where we are now. Over the past 3 years+, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has been provided with substantial evidence from the Division of Rate Counsel that JCP&L has been earning more than it is legally allowed, all on the backs of its customers. Thousands of AARP members have spoken out via phone, mail, electronic mail, and social media, pleading for the BPU to act. And a NJ administrative law judge …

Caregivers are heroes. It’s time to help them.

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy Family caregivers in New Jersey provide billions of dollars in unpaid help to their loved ones annually. Most of them are women. We need to do our best to support these loving caregivers.  The passing of the Caregiving Assistance Act (S841 by Senator Loretta Weinberg/A1855 by Asw. Pamela Lampitt), which AARP supports, would improve the financial status of family caregivers. The Caregiving Assistance Act is an income tax credit for eligible caregivers that allows them a deduction in their state income taxes and/or an increase …

Time for state legislators to take care of the women who care for others

Posted on 02/13/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Uncategorized Caregiving for a loved one is physically and emotionally demanding, especially for women under the stress of being unemployed or single mothers or struggling to make ends meet. According to the Knowledge Center, 83.3 % of all US single parent families with children under 18 are maintained by mothers as compared to 12.9% such families by fathers. Legislators and other elected officials need to pay attention to women voters and support public policies to improve the living and health standards …

Paid sick laws are good for employees, customers, AND businesses

Posted on 01/30/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy | Uncategorized I get really tired of the knee-jerk reactions of special interest groups against any new idea. But such is the state of our system of democracy today. What we need are solutions to problems that such organizations can accommodate — they need to give a little. Business organizations should support an earned, paid sick leave law because it is the right thing to do and it will be good for business. Witness in a recent National Public Radio report, the …