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Court fees in Alabama are hurting low-income people

Court Fees and Fines Are Hurting Low-Income Families in Alabama

A new Casey-funded report examines the damaging toll of the Alabama court's fee-for-profit structure takes, and the sacrifices residents must make to pay down their court debt.

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William "Bill" Emmons, the lead economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, talks with the Casey Foundation about household income and wealth and the roles that race, age and education play in shaping family savings, debts and assets. Emmons also explains how changes in the economy have made it harder for young adults and families to build wealth in America today.

Building Savings and Strong Credit

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A step-by-step process for adults working with young people in foster care to implement the credit check requirement authorized through federal legislation in 2011. 

Building Credit for Life

A good credit rating will save the average borrower $250,000 in interest over a lifetime. Find tips for building a good score and for avoiding money traps.

Save your Refund

The federal tax refund is the largest sum of cash many households receive all year. Working parents have a unique opportunity to set aside savings with their refunds.