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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ballot initiatives give Missouri residents power over payday lenders

Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Hundreds of volunteers have gathered thousands of signatures to qualify two citizens' initiatives to support economic dignity for Missouri families through limiting the rate of payday loans and raising the minimum wage. Missourians are taking these issues into our own hands, inspiring a far-reaching faith and community movement. The payday lenders have used every intimidation tactic in the book, from threatening faith leaders to running deceptive advertisements. We are not deterred, and our leaders stand with us. The state auditor and secretary of state, in their work to uphold ballot language on behalf of residents of this state, are countering predatory lenders' attempts to thwart the democratic process.

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