—   In the legislative calendar, the last week or so of the session is spent lobbying lawmakers for interim topics. The process goes like this – the 10 joint committees (not including Journal or Rules) meet between four and six times per year between legislative sessions. They take testimony on issues and, if they decide to do so, turn that testimony into bill drafts for the next session. More often than not, bills that come out of committee have a …

— Burlington voters participated in a discussion between the candidates for city council about the future of transportation, housing, job growth, and mobility at a candidate forum on Feb. 20. Voters learned more about how the next City Council will make Burlington a more livable city for people of all ages. Following is a video of the event provided by CCTV of Burlington. The event was sponsored by AARP VT and BBA. City Council Candidate Forum

— AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided an additional comment in regards to Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal: While Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal has pros and cons, AARP Connecticut is concerned about the negative effect of the accumulated cuts and taxes to lower and middle-income retirees who already struggle because of our high cost of living or who might choose to leave Connecticut for the same reason. The call for repeal of a bipartisan income tax relief promise …

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— Week seven is a busy and important week each year in the SD legislature. It is the final week for a bill to  pass out of the committee in it’s chamber of origin. This means a bill has to have been given a favorable recommendation in the first committee so it can be heard on the chamber floor before crossover day. “Crossover Day” is Monday, and marks the last opportunity for a bill originating in the House to move to …

— AARP Mississippi invites Jackson residents to raise their voices on issues that are important to them. The Jackson Age-Friendly survey is an opportunity to speak up on issues that affect Jackson residents of all ages. The city of Jackson recently signed on as a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The network helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access …

— Like most small business owners, Elizabeth Watanabe, of Burgers on Bishop, wants to help her employees save for the future because they work hard for her. But it’s not easy to set up a savings plan at work. Most small business owners say it’s too expensive, complicated and time consuming to offer retirement savings through payroll deduction, the most effective way to get people to save. A new AARP survey found that nearly two-thirds of Hawai‘i’s small businesses do not …

— For Immediate Release February 21, 2019 Statement from AARP State Director Doug Shadel on Today’s House  Passage of HB-1087, the “Long-Term Care Trust Act” Olympia, WA – Today’s bi-partisan support and successful passage of the “Long-Term Care Trust Act” (House Bill 1087) out of the Washington State House of Representatives is a significant step forward towards bringing peace of mind and financial security to Washingtonians when it’s needed most. Washingtonians are facing a crisis when it comes to our financial …

— AARP is already geared up and fighting for the issues that matter most to Michiganders 50+ in 2019. On the federal level, we are fighting against the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, advocating for protections for older workers, protecting Medicare and Social Security benefits, and more. We will publish the AARP Michigan State Legislative Agenda outlining AARP’s state priorities at the AARP Legislative Luncheon on Tuesday, March 12. AARP volunteers are engaged in every aspect of AARP’s advocacy. Volunteers contact members …

— Accessory Dwelling Units Manual Available A new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) manual is available to help Fayette County residents. ADUs are quickly changing aging housing options across the nation. ADUs present an opportunity to meet the demand for housing as Lexington’s population continues to grow. In addition, ADUs can be used as a tool for enhancing existing neighborhoods by introducing a greater diversity among residents across age, ability-level and income, while providing an option to promote aging-in-place. Download a free copy (PDF) …

— AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided the following statement in regards to Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont presented an early commitment to home and community-based services, ensuring older residents and people with disabilities can live and age in the most appropriate and least restrictive setting possible, in his budget proposal today. The cost savings we already see from moving people into community settings and out of institutions are even more effectively achieved when we also …