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 24th, 2009
Southern Good Faith Fund, a nonprofit that has helped businesses and families in Pine Bluff since 1988, moved this week from 2304 W. 29th Ave. to the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave.
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.
August 17th, 2009
LITTLE ROCK—Arkansans Against Abusive Payday Lending (AAAPL) formally announced today that the last payday lender has left Arkansas, declaring victory on behalf of all those victimized by a predatory industry that drowns borrowers in triple-digit interest rate debt.
AAAPL hosted a news conference today near a former payday lending store in Little Rock once operated by First American Cash Advance. First American, the final payday lender to cease operations in Arkansas, closed its last store on July 31. AAAPL released its latest independent research report, which highlights developments over the last year that ultimately culminated in payday lenders leaving the state for good.