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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
The AASRA State Board approved the following legislative priorities on November 10, 2014. The Legislative Team members include: Sigrid Whitman (Chair), Virginia Brant, Joe Carter, Jan Lindsey, and Don Ritchie.
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 Increase (PBI)
Work for anti-voucher legislation in education,
and for more funding for education. Work on recognition
by the Legislature of professional standards for public
education. Work for issues that will improve the
integrity of public education (including K-12,
community colleges, and the universities).
Work against any TABOR-like issues that might
come up again in the Legislature (TABOR stands for
Taxpayer's Bill of Rights). 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 interest rates, especially pay-day loans and title loans.
5. Promote restoration and budget increases for human services (such as care giving funds and funds for children and families).