— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger South Carolina for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— AARP SC, League of Women Voters and Richland Library to hold public form on redistricting and new voting technology A panel of stake holders will talk election reform and how the public can influence this discussion. The state of South Carolina is poised to purchase a new voting system to replace the current, bulky, aged out system. What kind of system will ensure secure, accurate, transparent and verifiable elections? Proposed South Carolina legislation would require unbiased criteria and a non-partisan …

— By Holly Fisher David Hill said he can’t raise salaries for his 130 workers at PLAN Home Health Care as much as he’d like from the $10-to-$12 hourly wage many earn, but he’s hoping to help them in another way: saving for retirement. The idea—commonly called work and save—would give employers the option of enrolling their workers in a retirement program coordinated by the state. The initiative would be voluntary for both employers and employees, but supporters hope it would …

— South Carolinians have always had a fiercely independent spirit. However, we can’t be truly independent without the financial resources to meet the ever-rising costs of living. In today’s reality, a secure and independent future is out of reach for far too many South Carolinians. South Carolina is 50th worst in the nation when it comes to retirement savings. That’s no surprise when you consider that 70% of our workforce – around 1.25 million hard-working South Carolinians – do not have …

— The Public Service Commission has scheduled three night public hearings in regards to the pending SCE&G permanent rate reduction case. The hearings are open to the public and you can sign up to testify. AARP South Carolina staff and volunteers will be on site to greet you and answer any questions you may have. The hearings will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the locations as follows: Monday, September 24, 2018 Public Service Commission, Hearing Room Synergy Business Park, Saluda Building, …

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— Recently AARP South Carolina approached Dean Peter Brews, University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business about a feasibility study for a multi-employer retirement plan for South Carolina employees. This idea has worked well in other states where employees did not have access to a retirement plan through their employers. AARP South Carolina wanted to find out if this was a feasible plan for the Palmetto state and, if so, what it would cost based upon the projected participation. …

— Everyone loves a good ice cream sundae with gooey chocolate sauce, walnuts, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Forget about the calories and sit back and imagine the coolness of this summer time treat. Recently, the South Carolina general assembly gave ratepayers its utility reform version of an ice cream sundae – complete with the cherry on top. If you’ve been following the news for the last year, you know that SCE&G pulled the plug on construction of two …

— By Holly Fisher Several years ago, Donnell Baker and her husband, Medal of Honor recipient John F. Baker Jr., traveled to the VA Medical Center in Charleston. The Vietnam veteran needed a medical test. The Columbia couple planned to stay overnight, but John Baker had a reaction to the dye used in the test and had to stay in the hospital for a couple of extra days. Then he got pneumonia, and that one-night stay turned into 30 nights and …

— South Carolinians, take notice. The Base Load Review Act allowed SCE&G to charge us some of the highest electricity rates in the southeast for the construction of V.C. Summer- an abandoned, unfinished nuclear power plant that will never produce power. SCE&G was able to raise our rates 9 times in less than 10 years, including a full year and a half after knowing the doomed fate of the nuclear project. So far, SCE&G parent company SCANA’s shareholders received $529 million …

— South Carolinians go to the polls this month to vote in primary elections for governor, lieutenant governor and other statewide offices. Do you know where the gubernatorial hopefuls stand on issues important to people 50 and older? AARP South Carolina hosted a forum in February attended by six of the eight candidates for governor. Questions included how to help more workers in the state save for retirement, how to keep utilities affordable and how to help more people age at …