Whether you're lounging on the beach sipping mojitos, hiking the Smoky Mountains, or, like many of us, taking a breather from household chores on your staycation, you still need an escape from time to time.
Consumer advocates are urging local governments and courts to consider a person’s ability to pay before assessing fines and fees for such infractions as unpaid traffic tickets. Such changes could help low-income households avoid bankruptcy — and perhaps even make them more bankable.
Fair Financial, a digital banking platform developed by a Twin Cities nonprofit in partnership with a local bank, launched a pilot program this week. By 2020, it plans to serve 5,000 customers across the country.