That’s the message that watchdog Mike Calhoun is shouting around the country. In a recent NPR article Chris Arnold reports how Calhoun is trying to get lawmakers to listen just like he did back when he recognized the recklessness of the subprime mortgage market. Back then he projected over 2 million subprime mortgage foreclosures but was ridiculed by the industry. The cost of ignoring his warning was waves of defaults and foreclosures that propelled the country into the worst recession in generations. Now Calhoun is focused on the Student Loan Crisis.
The National Consumer Law Center recently published a report on state exemption laws titled Still No Fresh Start in 2019: How States Still Let Debt Collectors Push Families into Poverty. After surveying all 50 states, they concluded that none of these jurisdictions have adequate laws in place to protect debtors.