Raimondo to join faith leaders backing anti-poverty drive

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — On her first full day in office, Gov. Gina Raimondo will join speakers from Rhode Island’s faith community who are seeking support for legislation to fight poverty.

Faith leaders are scheduled to march Wednesday from the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church to the State House.

Raimondo and the Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island are scheduled to speak.

Among legislation being sought are measures dealing with so-called payday loans, family cash assistance and legislation to prevent homelessness.

Several other states have targeted payday lending. Advocates argue that it offers access to credit for people who don’t qualify for bank loans, but opponents call it a trap that makes money off the poor.

Other speakers scheduled include Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello.

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