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Cincinnati vs. the World 06.11.2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Millions of student debtors now qualify to use “Pay as You Earn” to repay their loans after President Obama signed an executive order June 9. Debtors won’t have to pay more than 10 percent of monthly incomes, and after 20 years anything left is forgiven.  

Sen. Sherrod Brown Pushes Student Loan Refinancing

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
At a time when charges for borrowing money have hit nearly historic lows, students and those currently repaying federal student loans have been locked into older, higher rates.  
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Sherrod Brown Pushes Student Loan Refinancing

New bill would save students and government money, but tax those with big bucks

What’s something that homeowners, business and local governments can do that college students cannot?   Aside from buying alcohol, everyone else can refinance loans for lower interest rates. But at a time when charges for borrowing money have hit nearly historic lows, students have been locked into their older, higher rates. A new bill looks to remedy that and promises to not only pay for itself, but cut government spending.So, students, graduates and budget hawks are happy, and everybody wins. Wrong. The tricky part — paying for the program — is something called the Fair Share Tax. The reduction in spending would come from the second part of the bill. Also called “The Buffet Rule,” named after Warren Buffet and championed by Elizabeth Warren, the tax mandates a minimum rate of 30 percent on those who bring in a million dollars or more a year.    Offering students loans without a refinancing option is a profitable business — the government is set to take in $66 billion on interest alone from loans issued between 2007-2013, according to the Government Accountability Office. Eliminating that money would have big budget implications. That's where the Fair Share Tax comes in.The Banking on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act would allow those with loans issued before August 9 last year to refinance at the rates passed in 2013 — 3.8 percent for undergraduate loans. Democrats, including Sen. Sherrod Brown, are trying to gather support for the bill. Brown filed the bill with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.   Warren introduced the bill in the Senate on May 5. She, Brown and other Democrats will be pushing it in the upcoming week. “Every dollar a current borrower pays in interest is a dollar he or she can’t spend on a car, on a mortgage, or on starting a small business,” Brown said in an email sent out on Thursday requesting signatures to support the bill. So far, 36 senators have signed it. Last year, Congress lowered the rate of new loans but left existing rates the same. Those higher rates are drowning graduates, keeping them stuck in their parents' basements, Warren said on the Senate floor last month. “Make no mistake, this is an emergency,” she said. “Student loan debt is exploding and it threatens the stability of young people and the future of our economy.” The Congressional Budget Office released a report on the bill Wednesday. The report found that lowering the rates of outstanding loans would increase spending by $51 billion, but with the new tax thrown in, the bill would also increase revenue by $72 billion between 2015-2019. The report said deficits could be reduced in the next 10 years by about $22 billion. Congressional Republicans are sure to oppose the tax increase, considering most have signed Americans for Tax Reform’s taxpayer protection pledge to not raise taxes. This won’t be the first time congressional Republicans have opposed the proposed tax. It was introduced in 2012 as the Paying a Fair Share Act and fell short of the votes needed to leave the Senate. In the meantime, student loan debt totals $1.2 trillion, greater than all outstanding credit card debt.
 
 

Schooled on Debt

Congress’ latest student loan fix is no long-term answer

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Student debt in this country has surpassed the trillion-dollar mark — exceeding even total credit card debt — and is still climbing. And a lot of it is owed by English and philosophy majors now working as baristas or not at all.  

April 18-24: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
For participants in cannabis culture, 4/20, 420, or 4:20 is Christmas, July 4th and Thanksgiving wrapped into one. The annual date has evolved from being message board material and a secret stoner code to something much more widespread.  

March 30-April 5: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Anyone who frequents the downtown business district knows that certain local celebrations guarantee a less-than-diverse collection of visitors to our fair city (try yelling “Go back to Mason!” to random people at Opening Day, Taste of Cincinnati or Oktoberfest and you’ll be surprised at how many people think you know them).  

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