HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/11/15)--As the Pennsylvania General Assembly enters its second month of the 2015 regular session, the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) continues to introduce and reacquaint state legislators with credit unions.
Christina Mihalik, vice president of governmental affairs, Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, left; State Sen. Pat Stefano (R- Connellsville); and Chris Gray, government relations manager, PSECU, Harrisburg, Pa. (Pennsylvania Credit Union Association Photo)
"In Pennsylvania, we welcome more than 30 newly elected members on the state and federal levels, many of whom serve on financial services and taxation committees that are key to credit unions," said Christina Mihalik, PCUA vice president of governmental affairs. "It's important that we engage our credit union members with these newly elected officials early on, and so far we have been received very positively."
In many of the meetings, elected officials have acknowledged the strong role that credit unions play in providing financial education in their communities. Many representatives are credit union members and are supportive of the credit union mission (Life is a Highway Feb. 5).
As the session began in January, Mihalik and Chris Gray, government relations manager, PSECU, Harrisburg, with $4.2 billion in assets, connected with State Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Connellsville), who is new to the legislative body and a member of multiple credit unions.
Other meetings have included:
Key topics include the cooperative structure and philosophy of credit unions, regulatory concerns, financial elder abuse and small business lending.