social security

Plan to Tax Retirement Income Sparks Debate

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Illinois | Money & Work By Kelly Soderlund In a proposal to dramatically change how Illinois collects taxes, a Chicago think tank has recommended that the state tax all forms of federally taxable retirement income. If enacted, that would alleviate much of the state’s budget crisis, but also leave nearly 1.5 million retirees with less money in their pockets. The Civic Federation, a nonpartisan government research organization, released a report in March outlining its proposal for how to make up for the state’s $5.4 billion …

Social Security Keeping Older Rhode Islanders Out of Poverty

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Money & Work | Rhode Island Just over 50 percent of Rhode Islanders age 65 and older rely on Social Security for at least half of their family income—and nearly 24 percent rely on Social Security for 90 percent of their family income. Some 148,000 Rhode Islanders collect benefits.” “Seniors trying to meet the rising costs of utilities, prescription drugs and groceries would be desperate without Social Security benefits,” said Kathleen Connell, AARP state director. “As buying power decreases, protecting Social Security becomes more important than …

What’s Up Springfield? Ever Heard of the Social Security Unemployment Offset?

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Illinois Hi blog readers! In this week’s edition of “What’s Up Springfield?“, we’re shedding a little light on a topic that you may not be too familiar with.  That is, unless you’re an older worker who collects Social Security and got laid off from your job.  Allow me to explain…. Illinois is the only state in the nation that has not taken action to repeal a discriminatory law that unfairly penalizes older workers by reducing their unemployment benefits simply because they …

Fredericksburg/Northwest Virginia AARP Events

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

About AARP | Events | Virginia Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing you real possibilities to your community. We host informative workshops on how to modify your home for easy living, the ABCs of Aging and how you can make your voice heard in Washington. We also work in partnership with many community organizations to connect you to unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to you and your family.Our events …

Budget proposal shifts costs to seniors and future retirees

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Money & Work | Nebraska | Press AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in reaction to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s FY2015 budget proposal: “As AARP reviews the details of Chairman Ryan’s proposals, we encourage members of Congress to consider the impact on real people when looking for ways to address our nation’s financial challenges. “Chairman Ryan’s proposed budget fails to address the high costs of health care and instead shifts costs onto seniors and future retirees. Repealing the benefits of the …

Plan for Your Retirement and a Financially Secure Future

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | Wisconsin By Marie Rohde If the thought of retirement gives you sweaty palms and brings on a major headache, you’re not alone. “We have the tools to help you plan for retirement,” said Lisa Lamkins, federal advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin. “People are hungry for accurate information.” Throughout the year, AARP Wisconsin will hold a series of events focusing on Social Security, pensions and retirement planning. The events will include traditional workshops and telephone town halls as well as “happy hours” …