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Social Security advocate opposes Jeb Bush's stance on retirement privitization

06/18/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Social Security, retirement, privatization, Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, Max Richtman, Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicaid, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush officially announced his run for presidency this week and he hasn't been shy about voicing support for changing Social Security, including privatization and phasing in an increase of the retirement age. At a town meeting in New Hampshire, Bush called the program a "supplemental retirement system that’s not actuarially sound" and declared his intention to pick up where his brother left off, referring to George W.'s efforts to privatize Social Security that were...

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Letter Carriers union work to increase vote-by-mail participation listen

03/25/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: early voting, vote by mail, Florida Association of Letter Carriers, Alan Peacock, Al Freedman, absentee voting, retirement, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today we look at efforts to increase vote-by-mail participation in Florida. Two bills moving through the Florida Senate and House aim to encourage remote voting by changing the language from "Absentee voting" to "Vote-by-Mail". Two members of the Florida Association of Letter Carriers, Alan Peacock and Al Freedman, explain that many voters are confused by the term absentee voting and mail voting, thinking they must be absent from their voting county in order to vote by mail. They also talk a...

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Retirement Expert Warns US Facing a Crisis of More Seniors Living in Poverty

03/18/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today: retirement, Social Security, pensions and 401k’s.

In Tallahassee the new speaker of the house- Will Weatherford is pushing a plan to end defined pension benefits for new employees and replacing them with 401k’s. We’re going to talk with one of the country’s leading experts on retirement. Our guest is Teresa Ghilarducci, Chair of Economic Policy Analysis and director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Poli...

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Labor groups warn against changes to Florida's pension program listen

02/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Proposed legislation in the Florida House would force new state employees hired after 2014 to use a 401k-style retirement fund instead of the current pension program. During a conference call Wednesday, critics of the measure said the change would hurt public employees. Diane Oakley, executive director for the National Institute on Retirement Security said seniors enrolled in the type of retirement program being proposed are nine times more likely to live in poverty during their final years...


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