AARP Connecticut released the following statement from State Director Nora Duncan regarding passage of the CT SFY 2014 Budget and Implementer Bill:
“Whether it is about caring for loved ones, saving for the future, remaining in the workforce, or protecting their hard-earned money, issues of health and financial security are front and center for AARP members and their families in Connecticut.
“We’re thrilled that our elected officials understood that when it came to retirement security, Connecticut had to act. If older adults do not have enough money for a secure retirement, they will rely more heavily on public assistance. By investing up front in the design of a state retirement savings plan, Connecticut will allow more of its citizens the opportunity to save for their future, and the state will ultimately save money.
“We’re also pleased with the state’s continued strong commitment to older adults and family caregivers through an expansion of the Home Care Program for People with Disabilities and additional support to help more people remain in their homes and communities as they age.
“Elected officials also showed critical support to help the long-term unemployed -- particularly those workers age 50 and older -- find gainful employment again. At AARP we believe age and experience expand your possibilities and these, along with other related measures, will help give folks who want to remain in the workforce a fighting chance to find satisfying work.
“And lawmakers took important steps to crack down on the abuses of some third-party electric suppliers by enhancing the state’s ability to enforce rules through additional resources for the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).
“All of these measures are good news. We look forward to continued work with policy makers and legislators throughout the coming months and years as an ally in helping Connecticut residents of all ages navigate their “what’s next!”