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Candidates for Ohio Governor Discuss Caregiving, Retirement Savings

A video conversation with Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine

AARP asked candidates for Ohio governor how they would help Ohioans save for retirement, remain in their communities as they age, benefit from tax credits to caregivers, and get easier access to home- and community-based services.

QUESTION 1:  1,873,000 residents in our state 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:  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 Ohioans have access to livable communities?

QUESTION 3:  Would you support providing a state income tax credit to family caregivers who use their own money to care for an older parent, spouse or other family member living with them?

QUESTION 4:  The majority of Ohio residents want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. One way to ensure that they don’t have to move from their homes is to redirect spending away from more costly nursing home care and into home and community based services (HCBS).  How will you help expand Ohio seniors’ access to quality services provided at home and in the community?