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Utah Debt & Bankruptcy News February 2018

Utah Debt & Bankruptcy News February 2018

Read recent and local events regarding Utah debt news and bankruptcy related topics. Being informed is a vital part of of your Start Fresh solution.

Story image for utah debt news from Utah Public RadioDropping Student Loan Debt Would Stimulate Economy, Report Says

Utah Public RadioFebruary 22, 2018
Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached $1.4 trillion. That’s greater than all credit card debt and also eclipses all motor vehicle loans. Researchers at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College say canceling that debt would be a major boost to the economy. Stephanie Kelton…

US Courts Imprison Thousands For Unpaid Debts

ColorLines magazineFebruary 22, 2018
They include an Indiana mother of three who was imprisoned for unpaid medical bills for cancer treatment, and a Utah man who committed suicide while jailed for an unpaid ambulance bill. Because courts that arbitrate civil debt cases do not record race data, the report could not document racial disparities

More Americans are in debt than ever – and some are being jailed …

Columbus Ledger-EnquirerFebruary 22, 2018
Although “debtors prison” were common from the middle ages up to the early 1800s, they were outlawed by Congress in 1833. More than a century later, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the decision in a 1983 case out of Georgia, with justice Sandra Day O’Connor writing that jailing someone for not ..

Story image for utah debt from KUTV 2NewsUtah woman sent to collections over somebody else’s cell bill

KUTV 2NewsFebruary 6, 2018
(KUTV) Helen Twitchell says she has spent too much time on the phone trying to clear up a delinquent account from T-Mobile. It’s an account that isn’t even hers. “We don’t have a T-Mobile phone,” she said. “We don’t have an account with them. Where did this come from?” Upon getting a bill, Helen says she immediately …

5 things to consider when choosing a college

Good4UtahFeb 6, 2018
If you want or need to enter the workforce sooner and with less debt, or no debt, associated with the growing cost of a college education, then a community college might be the path for you. However, if the job you’re targeting requires a bachelor’s degree, then a four year institution might be the right choice.

Oklahoma lawsuit over debtors’ prisons captures national attention

KOKI FOX 23Feb 5, 2018
A lawsuit claims that the move is a “statewide extortion scheme” that is set up to squeeze as much money from the poor as possible. The lawsuit has captured national attention. TULSA, Okla. – A follow-up to a FOX23 Investigation revealed a local lawsuit targeting what some say is a “statewide extortion

Proposed transportation tax hikes raise ire — while UTA …

Story image for utah debt from Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake TribuneFeb 5, 2018
“Let us not forget that UTA is $2 billion in debt,” said Heather Williamson, Utah director of Americans for Prosperity. “And this is after years of controversy over ridiculously high salaries for executives, lots of expensive international travel, sweetheart deals with certain developers [and] being investigated by …