Author Archives: fairlendingmn

Feb 11: Exposing the Debt Trap

Join us Thursday Feb 11 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (on 31st Street in South Minneapolis) for a conference on payday lending reform in Minnesota. The conference opens at 3:30pm and ends at 7:30pm and includes a light supper. FREE but please RSVP on our Facebook page. “Exposing the Debt Trap” will feature Gabe Kravitz from […]

More Payday Loan Money in Politics: Florida congressional Delegation Shills for Industry to Weaken CFPB’s Proposed Regulations

What’s the matter with Florida? By Aaron Weaver

Strib’s Lopez follows the money from the pockets of MN’s Largest Payday Lender straight to the Legislature

Leader in payday loans makes his presence felt at Minnesota Capitol Explore 13 years of a payday lender’s political spending -Jeff Hargarten and Ricardo Lopez

Payday Lending Reform Bill: Floor Votes

How did your state legislators vote on the Payday Lending Reform Bill? One of JRLC’s key issues was eliminating the debt trap caused by predatory aspects of the payday lending industry. Although identical bills were not passed in both the House and the Senate, HF 2293 and amended language from SF 2368 were passed in […]

New poll shows Minnesota voters support stronger consumer protections for payday loans

ST. PAUL, MINN. – (April 23, 2014) – Poll results this month show over 70 percent of Minnesota voters agree that consumer protections for payday loans in Minnesota need to be strengthened. The poll commissioned by Minnesotans for Fair Lending (MFL) was conducted in April by Public Policy Polling. Download a one-page summary (PDF) of […]

Payday loans cost Sherry Shannon $500

Last week, Sherry Shannon of Roseville came to the payday lending reform hearing at the Senate Commerce Committee to share her story. A single adult on disability, Sherry can’t afford to lose even $35 per month on payday loan fees. Thanks to her brave testimony, the bill passed out of Committee. This is what she said. […]

Real Minnesotans hurt by predatory payday lending

Minnesotans for Fair Lending released a video today featuring real Minnesotans whose lives have been negatively affected by the payday loans that they’ve taken out. Payday loans are small-dollar, high-interest loans requiring full payback on the borrower’s next payday. They typically carry triple-digit annual interest rates, are due in full on a borrower’s next payday, […]

Single mom credits payday loans with deepening her financial crisis

Meet Reneé. A Duluthian and a mother of four, Reneé has held the same full-time job for years. In 2005, Reneé fell short on a few bills and decided to take out a payday loan to make ends meet. Last month, she came to the Capitol to testify in favor of payday lending reform. She […]

We have a Senate Hearing!

Come out to support the PAYDAY LENDING REFORM BILL hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee, Capitol Room 112, Wednesday, March 26, 12:00-2:00 PM! We need to FILL THE HEARING ROOM so bring friends and fellow advocates in support of ending predatory payday lending. Your presence will help to encourage those who are testifying and sharing […]

New Report shows Payday Loan Debt Trap Drained $82 million from financially-strapped Minnesotans from 1999 to 2012

Predatory business model supports cycle of repeat borrowing with fees, for average APR of 273% ST. PAUL, MINN. – (March 18, 2014) — Between 1999 and 2012, payday lenders drained over $82 million in fees from financially-stressed Minnesotans, primarily from suburban and Greater Minnesota communities. That’s the message from Minnesotans for Fair Lending (MFL), the 34 endorsing […]