Maine League Hill Visit
From left: Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) greets David Desjardins, president of Acadia FCU; Bert Beaulieu, vice president of compliance at Down East CU; and Denise Nowinski, director of education and member relations at Tricorp CU.

Maine League discusses reg burden with congressional delegation

Regulatory burden siphons dollars better spent on lower rates, higher dividends, and new services.

February 23, 2016

The Maine Credit Union League welcomed three members of its congressional delegation Tuesday morning in a meeting at the Russell Senate Office Building.

Sens. Susan Collins (R) and Angus King (I), along with Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R), joined the league for breakfast and a discussion of regulatory relief.

Maine League Hill Visit

Click image to enlarge. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), center, talks with Joann Bisson, president/CEO of Trademark CU, and Roland Poirier, president/CEO at Otis FCU, at a breakfast hosted by the Maine CU League Tuesday.

Maine Credit Union League President John Murphy addressed CUNA’s regulatory burden study, which estimates that excess regulations cost credit unions $7.2 billion in 2014: $6.1 billion in regulatory costs and another $1.1 billion in lost revenue.

“In Maine, regulatory burden has cost our credit unions $43.4 million and led to another $5.8 million in costs. This cost breaks down to $819,000 per credit union and $75 per credit union member,” Murphy said. “These are dollars that could be flowing directly to members through lower rates on loans, higher rates on savings, or new services.”

The legislators from Maine have long histories of strong credit union support. Collins, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, co-sponsored the CUNA-backed bill to raise credit unions’ member business lending cap to 27.5% of assets.

Main League Hill Visit

Click image to enlarge. Maine CU League CEO John Murphy welcomes Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Collins also has worked with the Maine league to prevent elder financial abuse, while King has consulted credit unions on small business lending and cybersecurity issues.

King, along with Collins and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), introduced the CUNA-backed Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 2006), which would modernize federal rulemaking.

The Maine breakfast served as a precursor to the meetings thousands of credit union leaders will conduct with their legislators over the next two days on Capitol Hill.

Credit unions will discuss the findings of CUNA’s regulatory burden study, as well as other advocacy priorities.