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The State of Ohio

The 2 Year Budget and Payday Lending Debate

State of Ohio
Posted July 17, 2009

Last fall Ohioans overwhelmingly approved a law that legislators had passed to crack down on the quick-loan industry. While many payday lenders closed after voters upheld the law, around 900 of the 1,600 stores that had been operating in Ohio are still open for business. Critics now say they’re circumventing the law by charging fees for credit checks and for cashing money orders that are almost as high as the interest charges that sparked legislators to pass the law. Here to talk about the issue are Ted Saunders, the CEO of CheckSmart, a national chain of payday lending stores, and Bill Faith of the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio, one of the leading fighters for the payday lending law approved by voters last fall.

Senate Banking Committee Grills Government Officials and Bank Executives

Regional News Stories
Posted July 17, 2009

Banking Committee senators asked federal officials and bank executives why the government can't stop waves of foreclosures in Cleveland.

An End in Sight to Ohio’s Foreclosure Crisis?

Regional News Stories
Posted July 17, 2009

Ohio's foreclosure crisis may be getting worse, but there's a sign that it may be bottoming out.

Cuyahoga Commissioners Propose Committee To Reform County Government

Regional News Stories
Posted July 16, 2009

Cuyahoga County's Commissioners are placing their own reform proposal on the November ballot

LaTourette Wants Tax Increase to Fix Ohio’s Water Pipes

Regional News Stories
Posted July 16, 2009

Congressman Steve LaTourette, a Republican, does support some tax increases. He wants to use the revenue to fix Ohio's crumbling water pipes.

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