Democrats, advocates speak out against rent to own

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Opponents to the rent-to-own industry are making one last plea for the Legislature's budget committee to reject Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to exempt the stores from Wisconsin's consumer protection laws.

The Joint Finance Committee plans to vote on Walker's proposal on Thursday.

Madison Area Urban Ministry executive director Linda Ketcham says the proposal is immoral and does not protect poor people from those who seek to exploit them.

She joined with Democratic lawmakers and others to speak out against the measure at a Capitol news conference minutes before the vote was to be taken.

Industry advocates maintain the contracts aren't credit transactions and shouldn't fall under the state's consumer protection laws.


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