Auto Dealers Receive Warning about Discrimination

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently gave out a warning to auto lenders about illegal discrimination, due to the fact that black and Hispanic borrowers were illegally being charged more than whites for auto loans. While dealers are allowed to mark up rates by as much as 3%, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act does not allow factors such as race or sex to sway decisions regarding loans. The agency has recommended instituting a flat rate markup to avoid discrimination.

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Virginians Oppose Hybrid Vehicle Tax.

Due to issues with bad traffic, the state of Virginia intends to impose a special tax on owners of Hybrid Vehicles. The tax would decrease the high tax on gasoline considerably, in favor of a flat sales tax. Despite this fact, residents of the area are outspoken against this tax.