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Yesterday The Maddow Blog published an article titled “It costs too much to get my money.”
The article’s author Steve Benen writes:
Imagine you get a new job, work hard, and look forward to pay day, only to discover that you won’t actually get a paycheck. Instead, your employer has decided to give you a prepaid debit card, which has your compensation on it.
Why might this be a problem? Because it puts you in a position in which you actually have to pay money to receive your own money.
The corporations find it cheaper and easier to use the cards rather than print/mail checks or deposit compensation directly, and while some employers offer workers a choice, employees are strongly encouraged to take the cards (burdensome paperwork is required for the alternatives). The New York Times report noted a calculator on Visa’s site estimates that a company with 500 workers could save $21,000 a year by switching from checks to payroll cards, so many are doing exactly that.
Yesterday Al Jazeera published a video titled “Brazilians of African descent demand equality.”
According to Al Jazeera:
Tens of thousands of Brazilians are renewing the decades-old struggle for racial equality, and are staging protests to draw attention to their grievances.
Eighty percent of Brazilians are of African descent and they say they suffer discrimination.
IN OTHER NEWS
Monday Huff Post Business published a Forbes article titled “U.S. Spends $16 Billion Every Year To Care For Elderly Prisoners.”
The article’s author Matt Stroud writes:
It’s no surprise that a huge amount of cash is being spent in the United States on men and women who are aging into their 70s, 80s, and 90s while in prison. On Saturday, NBC News published a fascinating look into the costs and concerns related to this elderly population behind bars.
From the report:
By the year 2030, there will be upward of 400,000 elderly prisoners — nearly a third of the projected total penal population
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