Kansas City Star — Without explanation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has dropped a lawsuit in Kansas it had filed a year ago against four payday lending companies.
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This episode, we focus on the payday lending industry’s most recent attempt to legalize high-cost predatory lending in New York. We feature a conversation with New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou about the importance of standing up for strong consumer protections as a matter of racial and economic justice. We also sit down with New Economy Project’s Campaigns Director, Andy Morrison, to discuss a vision for financial justice for New York City’s communities.
NBC News — Our Campaigns Director Andy Morrison talks to NBC’s I-Team about New York State and City’s investments in companies whose predatory loans are illegal in New York.
Gothamist — Payday loans are a poverty trap, a way to get the poor and desperate locked into a cycle of debt that traps them under an ever-increasing pile of high interest loans that they can’t pay back. Because of their nefarious nature, New York and 14 other states have banned such loans.
Road to City Hall — New Economy Project’s Sarah Ludwig and Deyanira Del Rio discuss a new proposal in Albany that threatens NYS’ protections against exploitative lending.
This bill would allow check cashers to partner with out-of-state and nationally-chartered banks to facilitate loans in excess of New York’s usury laws.
The bill would blast a hole in our vital state usury laws, which serve as a crucial bulwark against high-cost and predatory lending. The bill would jeopardize financial security for struggling New Yorkers, particularly low-income immigrants and people of color.
We are extremely concerned about new attempts to undermine our state’s strong consumer protection laws – this time by online lenders that seek to circumvent or diminish our state’s usury laws, firmly on New York’s books since colonial days. We see a clear need for increased consumer protections in the online lending space, and to counter misrepresentations made by industry members as they press legislators for less regulatory oversight and enforcement. We approach the hearing topic today, in terms of the implications of online lending for economic and racial justice, and for equitable community development.
Thomas J. Curry has only one week left as Comptroller of the Currency. But America’s chief regulator of national banks isn’t acting like it. Despite intense opposition from community advocates and conservatives alike, Curry, an Obama appointee, is doubling down on an ill-advised plan that would allow online lenders and other so-called fintech firms to rip people off.