Wisconsin credit union leaders gathered blocks away from the state Capitol in Madison this week at the Monona Terrace convention center to advocate for the movement.
At a two-day state Governmental Affairs Conference, organized by the Wisconsin Credit Union League, attendees discussed state and federal advocacy efforts.
Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer, was a featured speaker.
He notes that the new administration in Washington offers credit unions several opportunities at the federal level if CUNA, credit unions, and leagues work together on grassroots advocacy efforts.
“We have a big shot at making a big change in how credit unions are regulated at the federal level, which will hopefully lead to a reduction in regulatory burden for credit unions,” says Donovan.
Donovan says CUNA’s advocacy priorities for the year include:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who signed a pro-credit union bill into law last year to streamline, clarify, and add regulatory transparency to the state regulations for state-chartered credit unions, was also a featured speaker.
While speaking about his legislative priorities, including workforce development improvements, Walker thanked Wisconsin credit union leaders for their contributions to improving the state’s economy.
Walker says the state’s unemployment rate (now 4%) is at its lowest level in 16 years.
He says credit unions were a strong part of that, “not only through the work you do directly through employing people at your credit unions but also the work that you do to help people to take that giant step to start their own business, expand their small business, or grow their economic opportunities.”
CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference will take place Feb. 26 to March 2 in Washington, D.C.