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Give Today’s Retirees a ‘D’ — for Debt

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWhat’s quickly eating up a growing share of retirees’ money these days? Not health care, as you might expect, according to a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis. Over the past 20 years, a greater percentage of older Americans’ dollars has gone to servicing debt, particularly mortgage and home equity loans, the “free market” think tank says. It used government data to compare the spending habits of today’s retirees with those of their predecessors, finding, for instance, that 20 …

Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodaySometimes, if you fight very, very hard against injustice, you win. That’s what happened in Pennsylvania last week, where a court struck down the state’s voter ID law. As the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia described in its complaint and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania acknowledged in its opinion, the evidence of disenfranchisement is vast and the stories are compelling. The court found that “approximately 430,000 electors remain without compliant ID.”  That’s 4 percent of eligible Pennsylvania voters!  Just …

Pensions Under Attack, AARP Fights Back

Posted on 10/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThe financial security of many older Americans could be at risk under a proposed law that was the focus of a hearing this week on Capitol Hill. Under the proposed plan, millions of retirees could see cuts to the benefits they’ve earned through a lifetime of hard work. At issue is a proposal by multi-employer pension plans (plans in which many employers contribute to a common fund to cover their mobile workforce) devised to save the plans from insolvency.  That …

5 Reasons Chained CPI Is Bad For Social Security

Posted on 02/11/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsDavid Certner is the Legislative Counsel and Director of Legislative Policy for Government Affairs at AARP. Congress and the Administration are considering, as a means of deficit reduction, a legislative change to the consumer price index – the so-called “chained CPI.” This change would have a particularly negative impact on Social Security benefits – here’s why: 1. Chained CPI compounds over time.  As a result of a chained CPI, there will be a 0.3% annual cut in Social Security cost …

Who’s Hungry? Many Have Trouble Affording Food

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Becky Squires. Becky is a writer-editor for AARP Foundation. The United States might be the land of plenty, but many people cannot afford to buy what’s on offer – including food. A new Gallup survey conducted from January to June 2012 found one in four Mississippians (24.9%) said they could not afford to buy food for themselves or their families at least once over the past year. Alabama (22.9%) and Delaware (22.1%) ranked second …

From Experience to Empathy: Why NASCAR fans back Drive to End Hunger

Posted on 07/13/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Stefani Norris. Norris lives in Chicago and works in the sports media industry. Through his support of Drive to End Hunger, Jeff Gordon has helped raise awareness of the plight of nearly 9 million older Americans at risk of hunger – and with that increased awareness comes more donations of food and funds to help solve the hunger problem. Taking a “see for yourself” stance to help communicate the reality of hunger among older …