States of Innovation: Small Loans, Large Cost

Episode 91

States of Innovation: Small Loans, Large Cost

Stat: 12 million: The number of Americans who use payday loans each year.

Story: Payday loans can help people facing an unexpected financial crunch—but can also bring unexpected problems. Ohio adopted an innovative new law to protect consumers who were being dragged into a cycle of debt by the very loans they thought would help them. We learn more from Nick Bourke, who directs Pew’s consumer finance work, and Pastor Carl Ruby, who saw the downside to the loans and helped lead the fight to change the law.

Related resources:

Pew Applauds Virginia for Protecting Borrowers, Reforming Small-Dollar Loan Laws

A Wealth of Evidence Backs High-Cost Loan Reform

Virginia’s Payday and Title Lending Markets Among the Nation’s Riskiest

How Ohio Brought Fairness to Payday Loans

Ohio a National Model for Payday Loan Reform

States of Innovation

States of Innovation From 'After the Fact'
States of Innovation From 'After the Fact'

States of Innovation From 'After the Fact'

A new season from Pew’s podcast

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The latest season of Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast looks at the innovative solutions some states are developing to meet long-standing problems. From making small loans more affordable for consumers, to improving community flood preparedness, to designing corridors for wildlife to migrate safely across high-traffic roads—protecting animals and drivers—state leaders are working together to tackle big challenges.

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Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.