The Source - May 1, 2013
6:56 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Source: Payday Lending's Big Influence At The Capitol

In the first segment:

It appears that regardless of what passes or doesn't pass in the legislature this month, the San Antonio city ordinance on payday lenders in San Antonio will remain.

According to Texans for Public Justice, an anti-corruption advocacy nonprofit, payday lenders had more than $3.7 million in donations to state lawmaker campaigns since 2010.  

The organization says the payday loan lobby is fueling a "tepid" set of reforms.  

Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, warned colleagues that if they didn't pass reforms soon the legislature would look like a group of "shills."  

Carona joins us to talk about his reforms package and is joined by Director of Research at Texans for Public Justice, Andrew Wheat.

"I really do worry two years from now whether or not this particular industry will have grown so politically powerful that it will have not only control of the legislature, which to some extent it does, but will also have complete control of state government here in Texas. " - Sen. John Corona

In the second segment: 

A new exhibit at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures called Why We Came: The Immigration Experience illustrates the immigration process by turning it into an elaborate game of 12 immigrants trying to gain citizenship.  

Curator Sara Gould, immigration lawyer Marisol Perez, and Harriett Romo, director of the UTSA Mexico Center, join us to explain the effect the exhibit will have and how the game reflects real life.

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