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PHOENIX — Arizona voters have a say in the fight over payday lending this November. But credit unions are mostly on the sidelines, adopting an informal hands-off stance and choosing instead to push for more financial education among the public.

“Payday lending is simply not going to go away, so our approach is to push for real solutions to educate the public on the payday risks and dangers,” explained Pat Bodnar, senior vice president of the Arizona Credit Union System, referring to the National Credit Union Foundation program to provide alternative payday-type products through league campaigns.

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