Proposed Payday Lending Rules Draw Fire, Praise

(l-r) Pastor Carl Ruby from Central Christian Church in Springfield, Kalitha Williams from Policy Matters Ohio, and Bill Faith from the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio. (Karen Kasler / Statehouse Bureau)
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New proposed rules on payday lenders require them to assess the ability of borrowers to pay back those short term, high interest loans.

But advocates who work with low-income Ohioans say those rules are a good start, but don’t go far enough. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Payday lenders charge annual rates of 391% for the short-term loans they provide to high-risk and often desperate borrowers, according to Bill Faith with the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio or COHHIO, who says any concern about losing the jobs they provide is misplaced.

“Nobody ever complained about the jobs we were losing when they went after the Mob.”

Pat Crowley speaks for the Ohio Consumer Lenders Association, which he says provides a needed service.

“These are hardworking people that Bill Faith offended, and he misrepresents customers who aren’t complaining about the industry en masse.”

The public comment period on the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed rules on payday lenders is open till September.

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