— Assembly Committee Advances Bill to Help Millions of Working NYers Achieve Middle Class Retirement; Surveys: Overwhelming Support in NYS, Nationally ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York applauded today’s vote by the State Assembly Government Employees Committee to advance “Secure Choice” legislation but called on state leaders to include the state-facilitated workplace retirement savings option in the state budget for the fiscal year that begins next month – and help millions of working New Yorkers start saving for their retirement. “Any …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2017 CONTACT:  AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARP Media Washington, DC – A new AARP survey shows that an overwhelming percentage (84 percent) of American private sector workers “strongly or somewhat agree” that officials should back legislation to enable workers “to save their own money for retirement.” The survey of nearly 4,000 workers aged 18 to 64 included a significant oversampling of African Americans, Latinos/as and Asian Americans.  The survey finds strong backing across all …

— A new AARP survey shows that an overwhelming percentage (84 percent) of American private sector workers “strongly or somewhat agree” that officials should back legislation to enable workers “to save their own money for retirement.” The study of nearly 4,000 workers aged 18 to 64 included a significant oversampling of African Americans, Latinos/as and Asian Americans.  The survey finds strong backing across all races, ethnicities and political ideologies for elected officials to clear the way for employee savings initiatives. The total …

— Crisis Will Only Get Worse if Not Addressed in Final 2017-18 Budget ALBANY, N.Y. – Although over half of all private sector employees in New York – more than 3.5 million New Yorkers – lack access to a pension or 401(k) at work, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have failed to include a state-facilitated workplace retirement savings option in their 2017-18 state budget proposals. The Senate and Assembly released their “one-house” budget proposals this week; the Governor released his …

—   DATE: March 14, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org                  University of Maine, AARP Maine Report on Fiscal Impact of Insufficient Retirement Savings Improved Retirement Savings for Workers Could Save the State $15.6 Million by 2032   PORTLAND: New research by the University of Maine commissioned by AARP Maine reveals the fiscal impact of inadequate retirement savings in the state.  “The Fiscal Implications …

— What is financial freedom? Everybody wants it. But how can you get it? Learn all about financial freedom issues from a panel hosted by AARP Michigan on the second episode of “Real Possibilities.” The half-hour TV show features moderator Paula D. Cunningham, State Director of AARP Michigan, leading a panel of experts including: AARP National President Eric Schneidewind; Small Business Association of Michigan CEO Rob Fowler; AARP Michigan President and Michigan Business Network CEO Chris Holman; and AARP Michigan Manager of Advocacy …

— When the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee holds hearings this spring to discuss the biennial budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker (R), AARP volunteers will be there to support key issues. One legislative priority for AARP Wisconsin is to expand the state’s Family Care program, which provides long-term care services for people in their own homes. The state office also is pressing for more supports for family caregivers, including those whose loved ones have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. …

— About 7.5 million Californians whose employers do not offer a retirement savings plan will soon have a way to save for retirement through payroll deductions. Signed into law in September by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the Secure Choice program requires employers with five or more employees either to sponsor a retirement savings plan or to automatically enroll their workers in a new state-created plan. The employer mandate will be phased in over a three-year period. AARP California backed the legislation …

— Many people worry about remaining financially secure after leaving the workforce, but, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, less than half of U.S. workers report that they or their spouse ever tried to calculate how much money they would need to live comfortably in retirement. To help people plan, AARP Alaska is offering free lunch sessions on financial security. The classes will be at the AARP state office in Anchorage on March 9 and 23, April 13 and 27, …

— Strong Proposals to Fight ID Theft, Elder financial Exploitation, but Little Help for Middle Class to Save for Retirement, Care for Older Loved Ones ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York today praised Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 executive budget for proposing sensible protections for older New Yorkers against financial abuse but criticized the plan for missing a key opportunity to advance two proposals that would help the struggling middle class. “Governor Cuomo’s state budget proposal is on target with strong protections …