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Discover the New Path to a Secure Financial Retirement at a Free Happy Hour

Discover the New Path to a Secure Financial Retirement at a Free Happy Hour

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Men and women across Connecticut work hard to build a secure future for themselves and their families, but too many have no access to workplace retirement saving options. Soon, those employees will have a path to a secure financial retirement through automatic payroll deductions.

AARP Connecticut will host a series of eight free Happy Hour events every Thursday from September 5 to October 24 at Connecticut’s great brewpubs across the state. Join us at a free Happy Hour to learn more about the Connecticut Retirement Security Program that will help workers in our state grow the savings they need to take control of their future. With the new program, residents decide how much to save, and the money stays with that person, even if they switch jobs.

Attendees at these free informal, interactive and engaging events can enjoy two complimentary drinks and appetizers, share their thoughts, ask questions, and learn more about Connecticut’s new retirement security law.

The events are free, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information on the program, visit www.aarp.org/CTRetirementSecurity.

East Rock Brewing Company
285 Nicoll Street, Suite 103
New Haven, CT 06511
Thursday, September 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register https://aarp.cvent.com/EastRockBrewingCompany

Iron Brewing Company
136 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
Thursday, September 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register https://aarp.cvent.com/IronBrewingCompany

Witchdoctor Brewing Company
168 Center Street
Southington, CT 06489
Thursday, September 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register https://aarp.cvent.com/WitchdoctorBrewingCompany

Two Roads Brewing Company
1700 Stratford Avenue
Stratford, CT 06615
Thursday, September 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register https://aarp.cvent.com/TwoRoadsBrewingCompany

Hanging Hills Brewing Company
150 Ledyard Street
Hartford, CT 06114
Thursday, October 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register https://aarp.cvent.com/HangingHillsBrewingCompany

Reverie Brewing Company
57B Church Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470
Thursday, October 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register https://aarp.cvent.com/ReverieBrewingCompany

Hops on the Hill Brewery
275 Dug Road
South Glastonbury, 06073
Thursday, October 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register https://aarp.cvent.com/HopsOnTheHillBrewery

Charter Oak Brewing
39 Shelter Rock Road
Danbury, CT 06810
Thursday, October 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register https://aarp.cvent.com/CharterOakBrewing

CRSA Announces Request for Proposal for Administrative Services & Investment Management


The Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA) reached another critical milestone towards a launch with the recent announcement requesting proposals (RFP) for administrative services and investment management.

CRSA Executive Director Mary Fay recently sat with AARP Connecticut Advocacy Director to talk about the new program that will offer retirement security to employees who do not have a plan offered by their employer.

The CRSA is seeking proposals from financial consultants and other professional service providers to deliver certain services related to the Connecticut Retirement Security Program. The intent of the request is to identify firms with the necessary expertise to provide plan administration and management services within a stated time frame. Submit questions and proposals to Mary Fay at maryfaycrsa@gmail.com. The deadline to apply is June 12, 2019 at 4 p.m.

The Connecticut Retirement Security Program requires all Connecticut businesses of five or more employees with no pension or 401 K plan to allow employees to save for retirement through payroll deductions into private IRA accounts at no cost to the employers. It will be voluntary for employees, who will be automatically enrolled but have the ability to opt out. This retirement savings option will help approximately 600,000 workers in Connecticut grow retirement savings so they can take control of their future.

New CRSA Executive Director Mary Fay Discusses Program, Launch & More


Mary Fay, the inaugural Executive Director of the Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA), recently sat with AARP Connecticut volunteer Tim Ryan to talk about the new program that will offer retirement security to employees who do not have a plan offered by their employer. Fay and Ryan discussed the need for the program, status of the launch and her career history.

Fay, a resident of West Hartford and a town councilor, spent the majority of her 30-year career in financial services, leading retirement and healthcare businesses of Fortune 50 companies. She has served as Senior Vice President of GE Capital, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sun Life Financial, and held senior executive positions at ING, AIG, and Hartford Healthcare. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mary is a past recipient of Hartford Business Journal’s “Outstanding Woman in Business” and has served on corporate and non-profit boards.

The CRSA board consists of 15 individuals, 13 of whom have been appointed and are currently serving:  the Commissioner of Labor (Chair), the State Treasurer, the state Comptroller, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Banking Commissioner, 6 members appointed by the legislative leadership and four members appointed by the Governor.

The Connecticut Retirement Security Program requires all Connecticut businesses of five or more employees with no pension or 401 K plan to allow employees to save for retirement through payroll deductions into private IRA accounts at no cost to the employers. It will be voluntary for employees, who will be automatically enrolled but have the ability to opt out. This retirement savings option will help approximately 600,000 workers in Connecticut grow retirement savings so they can take control of their future.

Connecticut Retirement Security Authority Announces Appointment of Mary M. Fay as Inaugural Executive Director


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The Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA) announced the appointment of financial services senior executive Mary M. Fay as its inaugural Executive Director. This appointment, effective immediately, is an important step to offering retirement security to employees who do not have a plan offered by their employer. Established through legislation (Public Act 16-29, as amended by Public Act 16-3) in 2016, CRSA is a quasi-public State agency created to promote retirement savings for private sector employees across Connecticut via implementation of the Connecticut Retirement Security Exchange. This initiative is designed to add no additional cost for businesses and tax payers.

“There are 600,000 uncovered employees in Connecticut,” said Scott Jackson, Commissioner of Revenues Services and Chair, The Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA). “Helping these employees achieve retirement is a critical goal of CRSA, and hiring Ms. Fay as Executive Director is a key milestone. The board is thrilled that Ms. Fay has agreed to join us in this important endeavor.”

Mary M. Fay, a resident of West Hartford and a town councilor, spent the majority of her 30-year career in financial services, leading retirement and healthcare businesses of Fortune 50 companies. She has served as Senior Vice President of GE Capital, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sun Life Financial, and held senior executive positions at ING, AIG, and Hartford HealthCare. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mary is a past recipient of Hartford Business Journal’s “Outstanding Woman in Business” and has served on corporate and non-profit boards.

“I am delighted to join CRSA at this exciting time,” said Mary Fay. “All Connecticut residents deserve a solid retirement plan and I’m a strong believer in providing retirement solutions at the workplace, which offers employees and employers convenience and peace of mind. I’m pleased to be able to offer my retirement industry expertise to businesses and employees who do not have a plan.”

The CRSA board consists of 15 individuals, 13 of whom have been appointed and are currently serving:  the Commissioner of Labor (Chair), the State Treasurer, the state Comptroller, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Banking Commissioner, 6 members appointed by the legislative leadership and four members appointed by the Governor.

Win-Win Savings Program Begins in 2019


By Karen Ali

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Alexander Williams, owner of Blue Earth Compost Inc., in Hartford, loves the idea of legislation aimed at helping small businesses like his promote savings plans for retirement.

“We’re always growing the business. So having help in how to implement this would be a step in the right direction,” said Williams, 27, whose company has three employees, with plans to hire more.

Thanks to a new retirement security program, about 600,000 more employees in the state will be able to save for retirement through automatic payroll deductions. Connecticut is one of 10 states that have enacted work-and-save programs; 30 more are considering similar measures.

The state legislature created the Connecticut Retirement Security Authority in 2016 to allow private-sector workers to sign up for retirement savings accounts if they lacked access to them.

The legislation is “a ‘win-win’ for those that save, for taxpayers and for the state of Connecticut,” said John Erlingheuser, AARP Connecticut director of advocacy and community outreach. If those workers put away even $1,000 more a year for retirement, the state could save $90 million in social service programs by 2032, he noted.

There are “zero costs to businesses for this program,” Erlingheuser emphasized, adding that the rollout will begin with voluntary participation in 2019.

Self-sustaining and voluntary
The quasi-public authority running the program is financially self-sustained, not taxpayer funded. Operating costs would be collected from fees employees pay to financial service vendors, and those costs are capped.

Connecticut Retirement Security Authority Chairman Scott Jackson said work and save is good for businesses because it will help with employee recruitment in a competitive job market.

“It’s an opportunity for employers to maintain good employees, because now they have a benefit that they may not have had before,” said Jackson.

According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, about 44 percent of Connecticut’s private-sector employees work for an employer without a retirement plan.

Social Security offers retirement benefits, but the average monthly check is only about $1,400, according to federal figures.

About 90 percent of households participating in workplace retirement plans say payroll deductions make it easy to save, the institute reports.

Kevin Lembo, state comptroller, who answers frequently asked questions about the work-and-save program on his website, said a common concern is how much taxpayers will have to pay into it.

His answer: “Nothing. This program is designed to be self-sustaining.”

Employee participation is strictly voluntary, said Lembo, a member of the authority’s board of directors. Participants “can change their contribution rate at any time to make it higher, lower or zero,” he said.

Lembo also pointed out that while people can get IRAs on their own, many aren’t doing so.

“It’s simply not happening for a variety of reasons, including cost and misunderstanding of the financial industry. It is a fact that retirement savings rates vastly increase when available through payroll deduction.”

Karen Ali is a writer living in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Another Chance to Learn about Connecticut’s New Retirement Security Program


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AARP Connecticut will host a free event at Hartford’s Hanging Hill Brewing Company on November 29 where people can enjoy free drinks and food while learning more about the upcoming Connecticut Retirement Security Program.

Too many men and women across Connecticut are working hard to build a secure future for themselves and their families, but have no access to a workplace retirement savings option. Soon, a new easy way for workers to save for the future will be available. The Connecticut Retirement Security program will help the more than 600,000 workers in our state grow the savings they need to take control of their future. You decide how much to save, and your money stays with you, even if you switch jobs.

The addition of the event at Hanging Hill Brewery is the seventh AARP Connecticut will host around the state to discuss the new law and answer questions. Previous locations include Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Mystic Aquarium, Real Art Ways, BAD SONS Beer Company, Kinsman Brewing Company and Taylor Brooke Winery on November 2 (register for the event at https://aarp.cvent.com/d/2gq40k/).

The interactive and engaging event is free but space is limited and registration is required. Attendees can share their thoughts, ask questions and learn more about Connecticut’s new retirement security law. Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/HangingHills. For more information on the program, visit www.aarp.org/CTRetirementSecurity.

Hanging Hill Brewing Company
150 Ledyard Street
Hartford, CT 06114
Thursday, November 29, 2018
5:30 – 8 p.m.

Taylor Brooke Winery
848 CT-171
Woodstock, CT 06281
Friday, November 2, 2018
5:30 – 8 p.m.

Six Events to Learn More About Connecticut's New Retirement Security Program


Men and women across Connecticut are working hard to build a better future for themselves and their families. But too many have no access to a retirement savings plan at work, especially if they work for a small business.

Soon, a new easy way for workers to save for the future will be available. The Connecticut Retirement Security program will help the more than 600,000 workers in our state grow the savings they need to take control of their future. You decide how much to save, and your money stays with you, even if you switch jobs.

From a zoo to a brewery to an aquarium to a winery, AARP Connecticut is hosting a series of six events at locations around the state discuss the new law and answer questions. The events are free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Real Art Ways
Hartford
Thursday, September 6, 2018; from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

BAD SONS Beer Company
Derby
Thursday, September 13, 2018; from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Kinsman Brewing Company
Milldale
Thursday, September 20, 2018; from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Mystic Aquarium
Mystic
Thursday, October 4, 2018; from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Bridgeport
Thursday, October 11, 2018; from 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Taylor Brooke Winery
Woodstock
Friday, November 2, 2018; from 6 – 8 p.m.

Continued Progress towards Launch of Connecticut Retirement Security Program


The Connecticut Retirement Security Authority Board continues to make steady progress towards the phased rollout of the new Connecticut Retirement Security Program, a program created to help small businesses provide employees with an easy way to save for retirement at work.

The program requires all Connecticut businesses of five or more employees with no pension or 401 K plan to allow employees to save for retirement through payroll deductions into private IRA accounts at no cost to the employers. It will be voluntary for employees, who will be automatically enrolled but have the ability to opt out. This retirement savings option will help approximately 600,000 workers in Connecticut grow retirement savings so they can take control of their future.

Tim Ryan, an AARP Connecticut volunteer leading the organization’s effort on the education and implementation of the Connecticut Retirement Security Program, said, “We are encouraged by the progress being made to bring this program to a reality and urge everyone to keep pushing forward with their support. We need to remember, the AARP Public Policy Institute found that between 2018-2032 Connecticut could save over $90 million if lower income retires save enough to increase their retirement income by only $1000 a year.”

For more information, please visit AARP Connecticut’s retirement security web page.

Progress towards Launch of Connecticut Retirement Security Program Continues


March 20, 2018

The Connecticut Retirement Security Authority Board continues to make steady progress towards the phased rollout of the new Connecticut Retirement Security Program. The bill was signed into law in 2016 and is on-track to begin operation in 2018.

The plan requires all Connecticut businesses of five or more employees with no pension or 401 K plan to allow employees to save for retirement through payroll deductions into private IRA accounts. It will be voluntary for employees, who will be automatically enrolled but have the ability to opt out. In Connecticut there are approximately 600,000 people who will be helped in saving for retirement with this new law.

Tim Ryan, the AARP Connecticut volunteer who is leading the organization’s effort on the education and implementation of the Connecticut Retirement Security Program, said, “It’s tremendous to see how close Connecticut is to implementing the plan that provides the 600,000 workers without a workplace retirement savings plan an opportunity to build a secure financial future for their families. We encourage everyone who is interested in volunteering or learning more about this plan that will benefit our state at no cost to taxpayers to reach out to us.”

For more information, please visit AARP Connecticut’s retirement security web page.

According the AARP Public Policy Institute finds that between 2018-2032 Connecticut could save over $90 million if lower income retires save enough to increase their retirement income by only $1000 a year.

There is a $7 trillion retirement savings deficit among older Americans in the United States, according to data from The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Further, AARP Public Policy Institute studies show that people are 15 times more likely to save for retirement if they can do so through a payroll deduction program at work.

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