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About The State Retirement Resource Center

Welcome to the AARP State Retirement Resource Center, your go-to resource for data, information, and public opinion research related to state legislation, program design, specific focus areas, and implementation of retirement savings. For additional research requests or other needs, please contact Marissa Malta at mmalta@aarp.org

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The Case for the Auto-IRA

The Case for Automatic Enrollment in Individual Retirement Accounts

This In Brief by PPI’s Gary Koenig summarizes key findings on the economic impact of the Auto IRA and its potential to bolster retirement security.

The Population of Workers Covered by the Auto IRA: Trends and Characteristics

This report by Benjamin H. Harris and Ilana Fischer of the Brookings Institution shows the Auto IRA would extend a workplace retirement savings plan to roughly one-quarter of the U.S. workforce. Most of the workers covered under the Auto IRA would be full-time employees and more than 80 percent have earnings less than $50,000.

Economic Effects of Automatic Enrollment in Individual Retirement Accounts

This report by Benjamin H. Harris of the Brookings Institution and Rachel M. Johnson of the Urban Institute illustrates the enormous impact the Auto IRA proposal could have on retirement savings and security. Average contributions to IRAs for those benefiting under the proposal would increase and an estimated 5 percent to 15 percent of taxpayers would receive a tax cut, with those in the middle-income groups benefiting most.

Latest Research

Utah Small Business Owners Support Access to a Retirement Savings Program

This AARP survey explored the opinions of 511 Utah small business owners or decision makers about employee benefits.

Hawai`i Retirement Savings Program: Opinions of Small Business Owners

Four in five Hawai`i small business owners support a privately managed, plug-and-play retirement savings option that would help small businesses offer employees a way to save for retirement, according to a recent AARP survey.

Michigan Voters Support Retirement Savings Option

This AARP survey explored the opinions of registered Michigan voters on retirement saving issues.

AARP Kansas Work & Save Small Business Owner Survey

This AARP survey explored the opinions of 500 Kansas small business owners or decision makers about employee benefits.

AARP Arizona Voter Retirement Security Survey

This AARP survey explored the opinions of Arizona registered voters on retirement saving issues. Results revealed that two in three Arizona registered voters feel anxious about having enough money to live comfortably in retirement.

Alabama Business Owners Support a State Retirement Savings Program

This AARP survey explored the opinions of 817 Alabama small business owners or decision makers about employee benefits.

Resources for Researchers and Policymakers

State Specific Resources

Resource page with a national fact sheet and state specific fact sheets and research

State Action

Legislation enacted and introduced for state retirement savings

Program Design

As states move forward to create and implement retirement savings plans for private-sector workers, there are important considerations for consumers, employers, and taxpayers.

Federal Retirement Legislation

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