Allegra Boverman for NHPR


U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan, will be discussing how to strengthen and preserve Social Security at a forum in Manchester.

Ayotte, a Republican, and Hassan, a Democrat, are attending a forum organized by AARP on Monday.

The event is being held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

Debating the Future of Social Security

Jun 2, 2016
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The federal insurance program for the retired and disabled has been a hot political topic in the past. This election season, though, candidates have rarely discussed how to deal with an expected shortfall.  We'll hear the views from two national experts who are here in New Hampshire this week raising awareness of the program's challenges and offering differing solutions. 

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We continue our series with a look at older workers. Some found themselves suddenly out of a job due to recession. Now, half a decade later, we’re seeing how they’ve adjusted - and the many paths they’ve taken, by choice or necessity.


  • Kelly Clark – state director of AARP-New Hampshire
  • Dennis Delay – economist for the NH Center for Public Policy Studies; also New Hampshire forecast manager for the New England Economic Partnership


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With the next big federal budget battle looming, there’s a lot of talk this time that Social Security and other entitlement programs must be part of any debt-reduction conversation.  But other voices are pushing back, saying this is the wrong place to look for savings - given the vital importance of this program to so many Americans.