When economic conditions permit, states should accumulate budget reserves adequate to maintain services during recessions.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.
The federal government must strive for long-term fiscal balance.
Efforts to reform entitlement spending should recognize the following factors:
AARP supports exempting Social Security’s administrative costs from limitations on discretionary appropriations in the federal budget.
Efforts to balance the budget or address shortfalls should remain the purview of the legislative branch.
Enforcement of civil and criminal laws should avoid penalizing people with escalating fines, loss of rights, or criminal penalties when the person subject to enforcement cannot sa
Legal services programs should be fully funded.
The federal government should broadly interpret and vigorously enforce the ADA.
The federal government should encourage and expedite funding for priority research, demonstration projects, and referral programs for the design an