Rays Round Up: Punxsutawney Phil Takes Center Stage, Budget Talks Take Backseat

Posted on 02/5/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Media focus this week in Jefferson County…. Because that’s where Punxsutawney Phil lives!  The big news this week is that the cousin of the groundhog that eats the tomatoes in my garden says we’ll have an early spring since he didn’t see his shadow. A reason the festivities on Gobblers’ Knob filled a news vacuum in Pennsylvania this week is that Governor Wolf moved his annual budget address from the first Tuesday in February to the second Tuesday in February.  …

Help the Helpers

Posted on 02/2/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

On January 24, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story regarding caregiving. It highlighted the York family from West Philadelphia, who struggled with caregiving for an ailing mother, and found resources to help. AARP Pennsylvania State Director,  Bill Johnston-Walsh, wrote to the Philadelphia Inquirer to highlight the importance of caregiving. His letter is as follows:   Dear Editor, Sunday’s story Recognizing Overtaxed Caregivers provided a compelling example of how so many families work tirelessly caring for aging parents, spouses, friends or other loved …

Snow and Social Security May Influence Politics

Posted on 01/29/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

SNOWZILLA AND THE AFTERMATH   With apologies to the Erie area (which must think the rest of Pennsylvania is pretty worthless for only having to deal with 30 inches of snow this winter) and parts of the northern part of the state that escaped this storm (were there really only 2 inches of snow in Scranton?), the story of the week in Pennsylvania was the blizzard that shut down much of the Commonwealth for days.  The part of the snowstorm …

Preparing for the Storm

Posted on 01/22/2016 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Over the past week, the talk of the town has been the winter blizzard that is set to hit tonight. Rumor is that Pennsylvania will get about 18 inches of snow, and have wind and snow drift. Schools are letting out early. Shopping center shelves are emptying out. People are taking precautions and you should be doing the same! FEMA provided some tips on how to stay warm and safe during the incoming storm. The first suggestion is to stay …

Ray’s Round Up: Resounding Support for CARE Act, Yet Legislation Remains on Hold

Posted on 01/22/2016 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

The budget discussions in Harrisburg reflected the winter weather this week – they appear to have gone into a deep freeze.  With no movement anticipated for the near future on resolving the remaining budget concerns, it seems appropriate to discuss another issue on AARP’s legislative priority list for 2016 – the passage of the Caregiver, Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act. Implementation of the CARE Act would give important assistance to family caregivers at a critical time – when their …

Ray’s Round Up: The 2016 Road Map

Posted on 01/15/2016 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

After a tumultuous end to 2015 in Harrisburg, 2016 has begun rather quietly.  Perhaps the biggest political news of the first half of January has been the number of state legislators who have announced they will not be running for re-election.  The total does not seem historically high yet (11 legislators have announced their retirements), but it is unusual that this many incumbents have opted to make their futures known a month before the February 16 filing deadline for the …