Advocates Want Social Security Benefit Increase

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. August 1, 2013

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Advocates In front of Statehouse call on Senate candidates to support Social Security benefit increase (photo by Phil Gregory)

Progressive organizations are calling on all of the Democratic candidates in the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey to publicly support a plan to increase social security benefits.

The New Jersey Working Family Alliance, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and members of Democracy of America also want the candidates to promise never to cut Social Security benefits.

Adam Green is co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

“Every week we hear about corporations that cut the pension that they promised to workers, and as a result Social Security is more important than ever.”

Trenton resident Richard Reny worked for years in heavy construction and at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.  He says with rising costs and medical expenses, it’s hard to make ends meet.

“I had expectation that Social Security would help me in my retirement and today I realize that I’m having a hard time to meet all my financial demands.”

Mary Ellen Marino is the New Jersey chair of Progressive Democrats of America.

She gets social security benefits and says they need to be increased.

 “If I were to live just on social security alone it would be totally impossible. I have a renter in my home. I have a very small pension, and I have some help from other places, but I don’t know if I’m going to have enough to live as costs go up. They never stop going up.”

The progressive groups are urging Congress to approve a measure that would give Social Security recipients who are 75 and older a benefit increase of more than $450 per year.


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