AARP Lobbies Lawmakers
At least 80 members of the American Association of Retired Persons talked turkey over coffee and donuts with more than 100 legislators.
"We represent everyone we can," said AARP volunteer Roger Sturdevant. "And it also, of course, helps us because we're retirees and working people that need the help, too."
AARP has four main goals this year: expand access to home and community healthcare services, maintain utility rates, improve Missouri's prescription drug program, and set minimum standards for assisted living.
"I think they pay faithful attention to the interest of seniors in this legislature," said John McDonald, Missouri AARP director. "And, given that we're one of the main organizations that represent seniors, we hope that they listen to us and work with us."
AARP's closely watching one program called TABOR, which limits the growth of state and local revenues.
"A Taxpayers Bill of Rights. It's called TABOR for short," explained McDonald. "It's been used in Colorado and has not been very successful."
AARP says the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights would hurt senior programs.