In an election year filled with partisanship and political fights, it’s no surprise that many Americans feel that their voices aren’t being heard or that the issues that affect their lives aren’t being addressed. But, many outstanding elected officials work hard every day to make a positive difference for their constituents. That’s why AARP recognizes state legislators, governors, and other elected officials – from both sides of the aisle – who have stepped up and worked together to write, support, and advance common-sense policies that help older Americans remain in their homes and communities and retire with confidence. AARP is proud to announce our fifth annual bipartisan class of Capitol Caregivers, who fought this year to increase support for family caregivers and their loved ones, along with our fourth annual bipartisan class of Super Savers, who championed policies that enhance retirement security.
In addition to advocating for older Americans in the halls of Congress, AARP staff and volunteers are working on the ground in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to make a difference in people’s lives through advocacy. This year, we have helped enact state policies to support more than 30 million family caregivers and provide thousands of workers with a new way to save for retirement.
Oregon is about to take a small but important first step in solving the nation’s retirement security crisis. On July 1, 2017 the state launched a pilot program of “ OregonSaves” and become first in the nation to begin a state-based IRA program.
Innovative state solutions to America’s savings crisis are in danger. Federal overreach threatens an important Department of Labor rule that gives states flexibility to help workers save for retirement.
Final Department of Labor (DOL) regulations have opened the way for the largest expansion of retirement plan coverage in several decades. The regulations provide much-needed guidance to states that want to establish state-sponsored automatic IRA plans for small-business employees. Earlier, DOL provided guidance for state-sponsored multiple employee plans (MEPs) and marketplaces.
May is proving to be a historic month for both workers and employers across the country! Since I last wrote on this topic in February, we at AARP have continued to fight hard to establish Work and Save plans in the states, a convenient way for millions of workers to save for retirement through an easy payroll deduction. And we have great news to report!
En español | What do boomers and millennials have in common? As it turns out, much more than you’d think. Last week, millennials from coast to coast were discussing state options to give 55 million workers a simple way to save. Our AARP California office hosted a “Work and Save” Summit at East L.A. College, in partnership with the Young Invincibles, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates on behalf of 18-34-year-olds. In New York City, AARP teamed up for a shared discussion on financial security and workplace savings.
Meet Jeff and Capi Saxton. Jeff is a bookbinder and Capi manages a small fabric and sewing supply store. Now in their 50s, they’ve found it hard to save for retirement. “There will be no retirement for me,” Jeff says. “I’ll always have to work.”
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