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Payday lending is crushing Alabama communities. Our new report offers solutions

Alabama has more payday and title lenders than hospitals, high schools, movie theaters and county courthouses combined. The industry churns a profit out of desperate, financially fragile borrowers. And unfortunately, Alabama’s weak consumer protections provide them with plenty. We explore these problems in depth and offer policy solutions in “Broke: How Payday Lenders Crush Alabama [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
April 12, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
Report

Broke: How payday lenders crush Alabama communities

Alabama Arise and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice teamed up to produce this report on the history, financial effects and human impact of high-cost payday lending in our state. The report highlights and executive summary are below. Click here to read the full report, or click the "Download" button at the top of [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
April 11, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

The CFPB should keep protections for payday borrowers

Borrowers across the country deserve stronger protections, not weaker ones. Unfortunately, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently decided to reopen its 2017 rulemaking on payday lending. And that move would put the financial health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk. The CFPB director seeks to eliminate a requirement for payday lenders to [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
March 13, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
Fact Sheet

30 days to pay: A simple but important step forward on payday lending reform in Alabama

Alabama borrowers pay interest rates of 456 percent a year on payday loans. These high-cost loans trap thousands of struggling Alabamians in a debt cycle that deepens poverty and hurts the state’s economy. SB 75, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, along with a House version sponsored by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, would extend the [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
March 12, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Medicaid expansion, end to grocery tax highlight Alabama Arise’s 2019 priorities

Medicaid expansion and legislation to end the state sales tax on groceries are among the top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2019 legislative agenda. More than 200 Arise members picked the organization’s issue priorities at its annual meeting Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Montgomery. The seven issues chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and closing [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
September 8, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Payday lending reform: Ending a debt trap in Alabama

On busy highways and run-down streets across the state, you can’t miss them: big, bright signs promising easy money. From payday loans to auto title pawns to anticipation loans on tax refunds, Alabamians face a dizzying array of credit services designed to trap consumers in financial quicksand. This fact sheet highlights the pitfalls of payday [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
May 31, 2018
Author
Dev Wakeley
Fact Sheet

SB 284 offers Alabama consumers protections from high-cost loans and moves lending reform forward

Most states have laws against usury, or excessive interest. Alabama’s Small Loan Act of 1959 caps the interest rate on traditional small, short-term loans at 3 percent a month, or an annual percentage rate (APR) of 36 percent. But more recent laws covering payday and auto title lenders allow APRs many times higher than that. For [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
March 23, 2017
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Medicaid cuts loom, payday reform falls just short as Alabama Legislature ends 2016 regular session

The Alabama Legislature’s 2016 regular session, which ended Wednesday, was more notable in many ways for what didn’t happen than for what did. Lawmakers did not agree on a revenue solution to prevent devastating Medicaid cuts that would reduce health care access for hundreds of thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities in Alabama. Despite enormous [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
May 6, 2016
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

The high costs of payday and auto title lending in Alabama

How much should people have to pay to get financial help in a tight spot? Payday and auto title lending are two forms of high-cost credit marketed toward Alabamians who are desperate for short-term cash. These loans carry triple-digit interest rates that can threaten the economic well-being of borrowers who fall behind on payments.
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
August 13, 2015
Author
Stephen Stetson
Fact Sheet

Hard cash: Predatory lending in Alabama

On busy highways and run-down streets across the state, you can't miss them -- big, bright signs promising easy money. From payday loans to refund anticipation loans to title pawns, Alabamians face a dizzying array of credit services designed to trap consumers in financial quicksand. This updated fact sheet provides new information on predatory lending in Alabama.
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
October 7, 2010
Author
Stephen Stetson