— AARP Fraud Watch Network, People’s United Bank, N.A. & the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) are joining forces this month to offer free events across the state to help Connecticut residents fight fraud as part of the second annual “Operation: Stop Scams” initiative. Join the AARP Connecticut volunteer team and representatives from People’s United Bank and USPIS at one of the two-hour sessions packed with information! Our team of experts are ready to help you FIGHT FRAUD! The AARP …

— AARP Connecticut is seeking an Associate State Director, Advocacy and Community Outreach located at the state office in Hartford, CT. In this role, the Associate State Director will be responsible for a detailed knowledge of activities within the state legislative and executive branches which impact AARP priorities, a basic knowledge of the issues that make up AARP’s strategic priorities, and an ability to grasp and absorb details of these issues, when necessary. Additional tasks of the position include: • Assists in …

— The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities, helping neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for all ages. KNOX, a key partner in improving the city of Hartford since …

— 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 …

— AARP Connecticut provided members of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) with comments about the proposed settlement to Eversource Energy’s request to implement a significant rate increase that would raise the cost of energy for Connecticut ratepayers (Docket No. 17-10-46). The letter from AARP Connecticut Director of Advocacy and Outreach John Erlingheuser follows: Please accept these comments from AARP Connecticut concerning the proposed settlement for Docket 17-10-46. Families in Connecticut count on utilities being affordable and reliable to cool, heat …

— Ask your legislator to pass a budget that protects seniors & values family caregivers at http://bit.ly/AARPProtectSeniors2018. AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided the following statement in regards to Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal and the next steps in the budget process: “Over the last several years, senior safety net programs have been eviscerated and the compounding effect has taken its toll on seniors and family caregivers,” said Duncan. “Connecticut’s elected legislators must not turn their back on our …

— AARP Connecticut, the state’s largest consumer advocacy organization representing nearly 600,000 members in Connecticut, released the following statement from John Erlingheuser, state advocacy director, regarding a determination by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) that Millstone Nuclear Power Plant should receive the special treatment provided under Public Act 17-3. “AARP Connecticut is disappointed in the final assessment by DEEP and PURA that will set in motion a process that will provide …

— AARP Connecticut applauds the progress towards implementing the Connecticut Retirement Security Program (Public Act 16-29) that was signed into law in 2016 and is on-track to begin operation in 2018. The authority, which has oversight of the Connecticut retirement security plan that will begin operation in 2018, formerly posted the opening of an Executive Director position on Friday, Jan. 19. The plan requires all Connecticut businesses of five or more employees with no pension or 401 K plan to allow …

— Eversource Energy – Connecticut’s largest utility provider delivering electricity to 1.2 million customers – is seeking approval to implement a significant rate increase that will raise the cost of energy for Connecticut ratepayers by nearly $1 billion over three years. Based on their formal submission to the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), Eversource is requesting approval to raise distribution rates by approximately $255.8 million for calendar year 2018, an additional $45 (totaling $300.8 million) for 2019 and additional $36 …

— The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) have concluded that the Millstone Nuclear Power plant will be profitable through the year 2035, (Docket # 17-07-32). Dominion Energy, owner and operator of the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford, is asking the state for a special deal that would cause you to pay more for electricity and result in bigger profits for Dominion. Dominion has refused full disclose of their finances. Based …