Monthly Archives: August 2009

Evaluating Government Recovery Act Websites

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) involved a $787 billion federal stimulus that went to states to shore up their finances, create new jobs, upgrade infrastructure and invest in energy-efficient projects. This stimulus plan was to be carried out with transparency and accountability and, accordingly, each state government created a website to outline that state’s role in utilizing this federal stimulus money.

As to be expected, these websites differ in their quality and amount of information they provide. Good Jobs First, an organization involved with accountability at the federal and state level, recently released its report evaluating these state … Read More

Foreclosure Mediation

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As if going through foreclosure wasn’t difficult enough, those facing this life hurdle now must also ward off those seeking to take advantage of their situation. A recent news release from the attorney general in Connecticut warned about foreclosure rescue companies masquerading as law firms, taking badly needed monies from these homeowners and providing no assistance.

Foreclosure assistance and mediation is often provided free by the court system.¬† For example, sticking with Connecticut, the State of Connecticut Judical Branch offers a free Foreclosure Mediation Program¬†that provides homeowners with free mediation services to assist the homeowner and the lender in … Read More