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New Payday Loan Rules Designed to Stop ‘Debt Trap’

New Payday Loan Rules Designed to Stop ‘Debt Trap’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan.  Many have run out of money between paychecks. So they obtain a “payday” loan to tide them over. Problem is, such loans can often bury them in fees and debts. Their bank accounts can be closed, [...]
Alabama Voting Districts Need Review, Supreme Court SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday said a lower court must take another look at whether Alabama’s Republican-led legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew the state’s voting districts in a way that Black leaders say limited minority voting power.  The justices split 5-4 across ideological lines in ruling that a three-judge [...]
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Defeat of Tax Relief for Families Criticized by Ark. Group  Arkansas state lawmakers defeated a bill on Tuesday that would have provided tax relief to low-income families, prompting a sharp response from grassroots advocates who say the move “amounts to a war on working people trying to get ahead.”  The Arkansas Citizens First Congress, a coalition of 54 community organizations that supports progressive reforms, [...]
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Consumers Encouraged to Give Feedback on Credit Cards  Aggressive debt collection, confusing or changing terms and bogus “introductory offers” are all ways consumers have been bamboozled by credit card companies. If you’ve had issues with credit card companies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants to hear about your experiences. The CFPB, a regulatory agency born amid Wall Street reforms, is seeking [...]
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Low-Income Families Seek Tax Refund Advances, Face FeesWASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees. Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise [...]
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Emanuel and Garcia Head to Runoff for Mayor of ChicagoCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent [...]
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Lawsuits: Millions Owed to Immigrant Taxpayers in N.M.The key question regarding two lawsuits filed on behalf of immigrant taxpayers in New Mexico recently is whether workers who have paid what is required of them are owed millions of dollars because state officials have inappropriately withheld refunds.  The lawsuits say the cases involve thousands of immigrant taxpayers and that they’re owed more than [...]
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Payday Lending? Actually, It’s a Trap Hurting People“Quick Cash for a New Year.” “Easy, instant holiday loan$.” Some neighborhoods got lights and wreaths over the holidays. My neighborhood was decorated with signs like these, in payday lending storefronts, promising a way out for the needy and the desperate. Now the holidays are over, and some people are discovering that those signs probably [...]
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‘Put Families First,’ Arkansas Residents Tell Lawmakers  The list of community concerns for Arkansas residents was very real on Tuesday: Better pre-K support, improving child welfare initiatives, stronger after-school programs, fewer prisons and tax relief for low-income individuals. In other words: Policies and programs to end poverty and build “safer, smarter and economically-viable communities.” Hundreds of residents arrived at the state [...]
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Chicago Youth to Question Candidates at Mayoral Forum  Young people in Chicago will have an opportunity on Wednesday to pose direct questions to and raise policy issues about education, racial inequity and criminal justice reform with the city’s mayoral candidates during a special town hall meeting.  The city’s mayoral race remains close with some polls showing that no candidate has yet reached [...]
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