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Reforming Social Security

Key issues to consider

En español | The debate over Social Security is heating up. First, the trustees estimated it can pay full benefits until 2036, but only 75 percent after. Then cuts were put on the table during debt ceiling negotiations. Now the program promises to be a pivotal issue in the 2012 election season. Many questions arise.

See also: Impact of Social Security on Latino population. (PDF)

Facing Social Security in the 2011 Election

— Photo: C. J. Burton

For example, should Social Security be cut to reduce the deficit or discussed as a separate issue? Should payments be reduced for future retirees, or should contributions be increased to maintain benefits? Should the retirement age be raised?

Some three-fourths of Latino retirees depend on Social Security for most of their income. And as the younger population ages, more Latinos will be putting into — and benefitting from — the program. See the box at left for ways to keep informed.

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