State Debt http://www.kplu.org en Debtor’s proposal: no get out of jail free card http://www.kplu.org/post/debtor%E2%80%99s-proposal-no-get-out-jail-free-card <p>A follow up now to a story we brought you last fall on people who are sent to jail for failing to pay their debts, like a medical bill. A proposal moving through the legislature would toughen standards for debt collection agencies. It wouldn&rsquo;t ban the practice of jailing people who owe money.</p><p>Last September, we introduced you to Janelle Leslie of Newport near Spokane. She described the night she called the police for help and ended up getting arrested for a warrant she didn&rsquo;t know about. Sat, 26 Mar 2011 01:07:44 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1079 at http://www.kplu.org Debtor’s proposal: no get out of jail free card Lawmakers consider ideas to limit rising debt http://www.kplu.org/post/lawmakers-consider-ideas-limit-rising-debt <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954099.mp3</p><p>Washington&#39;s total debt load is twice the national median &ndash; and one of the highest in the nation. That&#39;s the warning from the State Treasurer. Now lawmakers are considering two proposals to cap how much Washington can borrow for capital construction projects.</p><p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 18:51:54 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 857 at http://www.kplu.org Lawmakers consider ideas to limit rising debt