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Candidates for Colorado Governor, Treasurer Talk About Pensions, Livable Communities

Video conversations with Jared Polis, Walker Stapleton and Dave Young, Brian Watson

AARP asked candidates for Colorado governor how they would provide essential services for older adults, promote retirement savings, protect PERA and create livable spaces so that seniors can remain in their communities as they age.

QUESTION 1: Colorado’s budget is uniquely constricted by sometimes conflicting Constitutional amendments that restrict taxes on one hand and raise them on the other.  What ideas do you have for balancing these conflicting amendments so there is adequate revenue available in our state to provide essential services to the rapidly growing number of older adults and their families?

QUESTION 2:  54% of working Coloradans don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what can you commit to do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement, above and beyond education efforts?

QUESTION 3: Hard-working Coloradans who have paid into the PERA over a lifetime of hard work are expecting to receive the deferred compensation they’ve been promised.  How will you protect promised public pension benefits that our active and retired public servants depend upon for a modest retirement?

QUESTION 4:  A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has housing that is affordable (no more than 30% of income is spent on housing), transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services for people of all ages and allows people to remain in their communities as they age. What steps will you take to ensure all Coloradans have access to livable communities?

 

The candidates for Colorado treasurer sit down with AARP to tell us how they would help reverse the trend of under-saving for retirement, and how they would provide essential services to older adults and their families.

QUESTION 1:  54% of working Coloradans don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what can you commit to do to reverse the trend of under-saving for retirement, above and beyond education efforts?

QUESTION 2:  Hard-working Coloradans who have paid into the PERA over a lifetime of hard work are expecting to receive the deferred compensation they’ve been promised.  How will you protect promised public pension benefits that our active and retired public servants depend upon for a modest retirement?

QUESTION 3: Colorado’s budget is uniquely constricted by sometimes conflicting Constitutional amendments that restrict taxes on one hand and raise them on the other.  What ideas do you have for balancing these conflicting amendments so there is adequate revenue available in our state to provide essential services to the rapidly growing number of older adults and their families?    

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