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Welcome to the AASRA Advocacy Website. The All Arizona School Retirees Association (AASRA) seeks to keep members informed and help them advocate effectively on issues that affect retirees and public education. Of particular concern are:
1. Issues affecting retirement: pensions (ASRS), social security, health plan benefits
Issues regarding senior health and well-being: community
services, security from abuse,
3. Issues affecting public education, students and educators
AASRA LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR 2015-2016
The following legislative priorities are being submitted
to the AASRA State Board by the Legislative Team for
their approval at the first meeting of the year on
Monday, September 28,2015. The Legislative Team is mad
up of the following: Joe Carter, Chair, Don Ritchie,
Jerry Holmes, and Janet Fee, Members.
1. Protect our Defined Benefit pensions and to do anything we can to help strengthen them. This is our main priority. We will also focus on any items that have to do with the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS),
such as: the Permanent Benefit lncrease (PBl). (Nothing will be done about the PBI this year, or until the economy improves, but we will be monitoring it; and our health insurance.
2. Work for anti-voucher legislation in education, and for more funding for education (including K-12, community colleges, and the universities.
3. Work against any TABOR-like issues that might come up again the Legislature (TABOR stands for Taxpayer's Bill of Rights). This sounds very good and it was tried in Colorado, but they limited the budget so
much that they didn't have enough funding for education (K-12 and higher education), transportation infrastructure and services for children and seniors. Several legislators have promoted similar legislation under different names here in Arizona, but luckily, so far, this has failed.
4. Work against any legislation that promotes excessive interestrates, especially payday loans and title loans.
5. Promote restoration and budget increases for human services (such as caregiving funds, funds for children, seniors, and families).