Should Credit Card Interest Rates Be Capped at 15%?

Last week, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a new piece of legislation that would cap credit card interest rates at 15% called the Loan Shark Prevention Act. The two argue that this kind of intervention in the markets is necessary in order to protect consumers from the “greed” of the credit card and banking industries. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez both believe that banks and credit card companies are taking advantage of the poor by charging “extortion level interest rates.

Is Minimum Wage An Effective Anti-Poverty Tool?

Since its inception due to the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the minimum wage has been a highly debated topic. Originally set at 25 cents, the minimum wage has grown much larger over time. The Federal minimum wage currently stands at $7.25, unchanged since 2009 (DOL, 2019). Many states, however, have decided to set their own minimum wages, and some are much higher than the minimum Federal level. In this study, we attempt to determine the effect that minimum wage laws at the state and Federal level have had on poverty in the United States.