[NEW] 2014 legislative update: Alabama Senate panel approves plan to give payday borrowers more time to repay

Alabama Arise, March 5, 2014 

Borrowers would get longer to repay loans in Alabama under legislation that cleared a state Senate committee Wednesday. The bill also would create a statewide common database for tracking payday loans. SB 410, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, awaits consideration by the full Senate. MORE>>

Read JSRI’s complete 2009 profile of poverty and inequality in the State of Alabama »

A sample of that profile follows:

240,518 are children (21.7% of kids)
74,185 are elders (12.1% of seniors)
398,132 are adults 18-64 (14.1 % of adults)
308,711 are in female-headed families (36.4% of such families)

Looked at another way:
296,934 males are poor (13.6 % males)
415,901 females are poor (17.7 % of females)
354,197 whites are poor (11 % of whites)
324,921 blacks are poor (27.8 % of blacks)
37,032 Hispanics are poor (29.1% of Hispanics)
27,912 immigrants are poor (21.6 % of foreign-born)

Fr. Ted Arroyo, SJ, is the lead JSRI liaison to Alabama groups, assisted by other staff as appropriate.

On November 15, 2011, Fr. Ted Arroyo, SJ, discussed Alabama's recent anti-immigrant law, considered one of the strictest in the U.S., with National Jesuit News. Click here to listen to the podcast.

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