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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.
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Great news out of California: A new state law will help nearly 7.5 million workers retire with confidence. Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday morning, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Act (Senate Bill 1234) will give millions of Californians a way to save for their future at work.
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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.
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“People give their time to their job. They shouldn’t have to fear what happens when they’re done working.”  — Molly Sumner of Kindred Companions
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Provide Secure Retirement Option for Workers Across Illinois
”Great news from Illinois: A new law will help 2.5 million workers retire with confidence. Signed by former Gov. Quinn this year, the Illinois Secure Choice Program gives millions of state residents a way to save for their future at work — a tool that increases savings rates by 15 times.  Upon signing the bill, Gov. Quinn shared, “This is a special ... opportunity, for all of us to go forward at helping people save for retirement.
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Illinois will become the first state with a broad-based effort to automatically enroll private-sector employees without retirement plans into a new savings program.
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BREAKING UPDATE 12/2/14: The Illinois House of Representatives passed the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program.
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I often hear from friends and family members that they're afraid they don't have enough saved for retirement, and the truth is, many Americans are not prepared for the future. As recently highlighted by the New York Times, the reason many are not financially prepared is because they don't have the right tools at work to help them save for their future. In fact, when individuals have a way to save through their workplace, their rate of savings goes up by a staggering 1300%. Yes, that's right: 1300%.
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Move to Cape Cod and spend my days watching the waves roll in ... return to New York to be close to my roots ... or venture someplace completely new. What I want to do when I retire, I still don't know. What I do know is, I want to be in control of my financial future and to live independently as I age.
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