We commend the Springfield City Council for starting a severe discussion on predatory lending. Such talk acknowledges the harm pay day loans inflict upon our community. Ideally, this discussion will cause some concrete action actions for Springfield. Springfield is speaing frankly about payday lending for more than ten years, yet absolutely nothing changed. Again and again, talk will not be followed closely by action.
A bunch from Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri while the the indegent’s Campaign protest payday advances outside Historic City Hall before a city council conference on Monday, April 22, 2019. (picture: Nathan Papes/News Leader) While starting a promising discussion on payday advances, the town Council recently voted to table three bills supposed to rein in this predatory company. Nonetheless well intentioned, talk without action dangers permitting the industry off scot free. Whilst the council speaks, pay day loan shops continues to harm borrowers in addition to neighborhood economy. As the council speaks, the industry continues to burn off a gap within the pocketbooks of our many susceptible residents. Whilst the council speaks, Jefferson City continues to ignore sky high interest levels, figuring that talk is more palatable than action. Although municipal conversations about lending options truly have value (so we have actually motivated such initiatives in the last, like the rescue loan system produced by University Heights Baptist Church), they’re not adequate to cease our townвЂ™s fiscal hemorrhaging. Talk must certanly be followed closely by action.