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Payday Lenders' Critics Sound Off On Proposed Rules; Industry Blasts Back

Payday lenders
Karen Kasler

New proposed rules on payday lenders require them to assess the ability of borrowers to pay back 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.

Payday lenders charge annual rates of 391% for the short-term loans they provide to high-risk, 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,” said Faith.

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,” said Crowley.

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