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A Big Win on Payday Lending, at Least for Now
Sorry to take so long for this update, but, despite hundreds of thousands of dollars of lobbying money, the payday lenders have lost a round in Pennsylvania. For now.
Consumer advocates in Pennsylvania won a hard-fought delay on Wednesday against a pending bill in the legislature that would once again permit payday lenders to charge predatory rates and victimize the state’s poor and downtrodden residents.
A bill that passed the Pennsylvania state house earlier this month that would raise the permissible annual percentage rate on small loans to 369 percent will be held in the state senate until the next legislative session in the fall, according to activists fighting against the bill.
The goal of the payday industry was to ram this through, quickly. Why? Because, the more attention legalizing loan sharking gets, the worse it is for the industry, and those who would enable it. So, while the payday lenders will be back in just a few short months, the delay into the fall is a real, substantive victory, won by a coalition of consumer advocates, religious groups and military veterans.
Of course, the battle is not over. And, in fact, the State Senators that still need the most education on the topic are largely the same ones that seemed on the verge of passing it. So, be ready in a few months, because a win is sweet, but a long term win would be a hell of a lot better.