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The Minnesota Legislature’s 2024 session kicked off on February 12, and it’s been a whirlwind of policy debates, impassioned speeches, and behind-the-scenes maneuvering. Before the legislators packed their bags for break, AARP Minnesota hosted a Lobby Day where our volunteers swarmed the Capitol and met with lawmakers, shared stories, and made sure our 2024 Legislative Priorities were front and center.
In 2023, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law directing the Secretary of State to conduct a study of issues related to voter engagement, education, and improvements to the election system. A survey on voting in Minnesota is the first opportunity for the public to provide input on whether they vote, where they get information about how to vote, barriers they face when voting, and other items. The Office of the Secretary of State (OSS) asked Management Analysis and Development (MAD) to conduct this survey to gather initial public input and comment on what works well for voters in Minnesota, what barriers voters face, and what improvements could be made to the voting process.
Join us on March 26 at the Minnesota State Capitol. This year, we urge lawmakers to help improve driving safety, fight fraud, and protect older homeowners from losing home equity when they can’t pay their property taxes.
Minnesota: Find upcoming election dates, registration deadlines and options for voting, such as voting by mail, early voting or voting with a disability.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. We're advocating for what is important to our members and giving you a voice at the state and federal levels. This year at the state level, we urge lawmakers to help improve driving safety, fight fraud, protect older homeowners from losing home equity when they can’t pay their property taxes, and strengthen Assisted Living protections for residents living in facilities exempt under the law. View letters and testimony from AARP Minnesota to lawmakers and regulators regarding our legislative priorities.
View letters and testimony from AARP Minnesota to lawmakers and regulators regarding our legislative priorities below. View federal letters and testimony from AARP to lawmakers and regulators regarding health, financial and livable communities issues.
For the first time since AARP began publishing the Scorecard in 2011, more than half of Medicaid long-term care dollars nationwide for older adults and people with physical disabilities went to home- and community-based services instead of nursing homes and other institutions.
Access to workplace retirement plans is critical to helping people save. That's why AARP advocated for a new Secure Choice program to help workers save for their future. Beginning in January 2025, employers with five or more employees who do not offer retirement plans will be requited to enroll their works in the state’s IRA plan.
Reliable, affordable high-speed internet access is of utmost importance to older Minnesotans, but access and adoption have remained elusive for too many, too long. In addition, it will be critical to help people acquire the skills, devices, and capacity they need to access the internet and reap the full benefits of our digital economy.
We’re thrilled that all working Minnesotans will soon be able to take paid time off to care for a loved one, thanks to legislation signed recently by Gov. Tim Walz.

Minnesota is the 15th state, along with the District of Columbia, to enact some form of paid family medical leave, although some programs are still being implemented. AARP Minnesota spent nearly a decade lobbying for the legislation, part of our push to support family caregivers.
We’re thrilled that our advocacy helped pass legislation in Minnesota that will allow retirees to keep more of their Social Security income.

On May 21, state lawmakers passed a bill that will eliminate the state tax on Social Security benefits for three-quarters of the state’s recipients. People with taxable incomes up to $78,000, or $100,000 for a couple, would be exempt from paying state taxes on their benefits under the legislation, which Gov. Tim Walz signed on May 24.
We commend the U.S. Supreme Court for striking down a Minnesota law allowing local governments to seize a person’s home to recoup back property taxes and keep any leftover money after the home is sold. 

AARP Foundation filed a brief in a case before the court this week in support of Geraldine Tyler, a 94-year-old Minnesota woman who lost her condo after she failed to pay $15,000 in back taxes, fees and interest.
We applaud state lawmakers in Minnesota, Missouri and Vermont for passing AARP-supported legislation to help private-sector workers save for retirement.

Lawmakers in Minnesota and Vermont approved legislation that would phase in state-facilitated retirement savings programs in those states starting in 2025.

AARP has a long history of nonpartisan voter engagement. As a nonpartisan organization, we don’t support or contribute to political candidates, parties or campaigns — and never have.

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