February 26th, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Jan. 31, 2013) — Over half of Arkansas residents currently risk financial disaster due to the absence of sufficient savings to fall back on in the event of a job loss, health crisis or other income-depleting emergency, according to a report released Jan. 30 by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). The [...]
December 15th, 2009
The Southern Good Faith Fund issued a call Monday for the state to find more money to help match low-income Arkansans’ college savings.
Mike Leach, the fund’s public policy director, said the “Aspiring Scholars” program is growing and the current state funds aren’t enough to sustain the matches.
November 2nd, 2009
More must seek degrees, skills training
Mississippi has lost 50,000 jobs in the last two years and it would “need 10 more Nissans to fill the gap,” state economist Phil Pepper said Friday.
“We will see very little increase in employment in the next several years,” he said.
And education will be the key to making the most of the opportunities that are there, Pepper and other speakers said during an economic forum at the Jackson Marriott sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan initiative that analyzes policies.
October 5th, 2009
The last payday lender operating a store in Arkansas closed its doors this summer, but Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said that hasn’t stopped predatory lenders from continuing to target Arkansans.
Though it hasn’t filed any lawsuits against them yet, the attorney general’s office has sent about 30 warning letters to so-called payday lenders who have either loaned or offered to loan money to Arkansas residents over the Internet.
August 17th, 2009
The last payday lender has left Arkansas, according the organization that led opposition to a business plan that routinely charged triple-digit interest rates for short-term loans.
Arkansans Against Abusive Payday Lending announced Tuesday that First American Cash Advance, the last payday lender to operate in the state, closed its last Arkansas store on July 31.