The following principles guide AARP’s efforts to further budgetary decisions that reflect the needs of all members of society.
Taxation is the primary way governments fund essential programs and services. The following principles support this goal while also ensuring equity in how revenues are raised.
Maintaining trust and confidence in the government requires strong democratic processes and government institutions.
Government budgets reflect the priorities of policymakers. They specify what programs and activities the government will support and how to raise the money needed to fund them.
Americans’ retirement income comes from several sources. For most, Social Security income is the foundation of financial security in retirement.