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California Secure Choice Update

In 2012, California became the first state in the country to pass legislation to establish a state-sponsored Automatic Individual Retirement Account (Auto IRA) program, California Secure Choice, to increase private-sector employees’ access to employer-provided retirement savings plans. However, the original legislation required a report, funded without public resources, to assess the feasibility and make recommendations to the legislature on the structure of the program.  The report was completed on February 9 and hearings will be held to gather public feedback in Los Angeles and Oakland in early March, click here for more information.

Growing Life Expectancy Gaps and What It Means for Social Security

Take a look at the new report, Later Retirement, Inequality in Old Age, and the Growing Gap in Longevity between Rich and Poor, which presents evidence that some of the (Social Security) program’s progressivity is being offset due to a growing gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor. According to the report’s authors: Barry Bosworth, Gary Burtless, and Kan Zhang, “the gap between lifetime benefits received by poor and less educated workers and the benefits received by high-income and well educated workers is widening in favor of the higher income workers.” Download the full paper and learn more about this research.

New Report on Consumer Engagement

The Asset Funders Network’s recent brief, Consumer Engagement: Helping People Want What They Need, describes a new approach to promoting financial empowerment, including a philosophy and a process for developing and delivering financial products and services.  

Download the full brief here to learn more.

Workers to Owners Hosts Seminar in Minneapolis

April 11, 2016
Minneapolis, MN

This one-day seminar, hosted by Workers to Owners, is a pre-conference session to the National Center for Employee Ownership's (NCEO's) Annual Employee Ownership Conference. The seminar is intended for anyone interested learning more about conversions to worker ownership as a tool for succession planning, business retention, creating good jobs, structuring ownership at sustainable businesses, or building community wealth. Check out the list of confirmed speakers for the event and register today

SAVE-THE-DATE: 2016 Color of Wealth Summit

April 20-22, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Join the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS) this April for the 2016 Color of Wealth Summit. The summit brings together a diverse group of policy advocates, academic researchers, policymakers, and community practitioners who represent the nations’ leading minds on wealth building in communities of color. This two-and-a-half day event will focus on innovative policies to address income and wealth disparities in communities of color, especially with regards to business ownership, entrepreneurship, community development, and financial access and protection.  Visit the CGPS website for more information.

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