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2019

February

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  • Devastated by one shutdown, dreading the next. The federal government had finally called her back to work after 35 days, but now Vicki Ibarra wondered how she could afford to get there. Her used sedan had been repossessed by the bank a few
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  • Homeowners in government programs at risk of foreclosure. One aspect of the recent government shutdown that has received too little attention is that it significantly increased the risk that thousands of struggling homeowners across the nation would lose their homes. For example: in
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  • The shutdown showed how precarious Americans' finances are. The shutdown made apparent not only the federal safety net’s inherent weaknesses, but also the precariousness of federal workers’ and contractors’ finances. And Trump-administration officials revealed a lack of understanding of
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  • Moving company accused of holding belongings hostage. Florida is cracking down on a group of moving companies accused of defrauding consumers around the country. The state's Attorney General filed a civil suit in federal court last month against 14 companies it investigated.
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  • The fleecing of millennials. For Americans under the age of 40, the 21st century has resembled one long recession. The main reason is a lack of economic dynamism. Not as many new companies have been forming since 2000—for
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  • Switching to digital billing statements?. It seems like everything is going digital, so it’s no surprise that businesses of all sizes (and even some government agencies) are pushing us to choose “environmentally friendly” paperless billing. 
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  • Odd jobs make ends meet during the shutdown. Across the country, idled federal workers and contractors are taking up last-resort jobs with ride-hailing services and delivery apps. They are flooding school districts with applications to become substitute teachers. They are taking babysitting
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