"AARP Rhode Island applauds the Governor’s goal of increasing financial security for all Rhode Islanders,” said AARP Rhode Island State Director Catherine Taylor “Everyone should be able to choose how they live as they age.

"Accordingly, we are calling on the General Assembly to pass three pieces of legislation that would help to ensure financial security for all.

“First, all Rhode Islanders need access to a retirement savings vehicle. We are pleased that Governor McKee called for the passage of the Secure Choice program, which would provide an optional, voluntary Roth-IRA plan to the 172,000 Rhode Island employees who do not have access to a plan through their employer.

“Second, the state must stop taxing Social Security benefits. We are one of 11 states that still tax these benefits. We encourage legislators to keep more money in the pockets of older Rhode Islanders by eliminating the state tax on Social Security.

“Lastly, we must reframe how we think about housing as we grow older, and Accessible Dwelling Units (ADUs) are part of the equation. The General Assembly must pass legislation providing housing options that are suitable for differing incomes, ages and life stages. ADUs are one way to accomplish this goal.”




Associate State Director – Communications