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Capitol visits raise CU awareness at state level

January 29, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (1/30/15)--Credit union leaders from three Midwestern states traveled to their state capitols this week to advocate for key issues on the local level.

Click to view larger imageRepresentatives from Ideal CU and Tartan High School's student-run credit union meet Minnesota State Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-North St. Paul) during the Minnesota Credit Union Network's Credit Union Day at the Capitol. (Minnesota Credit Union Network Photo)

Minnesota's top policymakers headlined the Minnesota Credit Union Network's 2015 Credit Union Day at the Capitol event in St. Paul on Tuesday. More than 150 credit union leaders from communities statewide gathered for the annual event.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, speaker of the House Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (Democratic-Farmer-Labor-Cook) talked about their respective policy and legislative priorities, as well as their outlook for the legislative session. They also emphasized that in-person meetings with elected officials are vital in helping to keep them informed about issues that are important to credit unions.

Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, a 2014 recipient of the Credit Union National Association's Desjardins Financial Education Award for State Government Policymakers, spoke about the importance of providing the state's youth with financial education.

"The Commerce Department and credit unions share the goal of teaching kids money management skills at an early age," said Rothman. "We want to help set the stage for them to build the financial skills they'll need to be successful in the years ahead."

Click to view larger imageThe South Dakota Legislative event was held in Pierre Wednesday with more than 30 credit union professionals visiting the state Capitol. (Credit Union Association of the Dakotas Photo)

The South Dakota Legislative event was held in Pierre Wednesday with more than 30 credit union professionals visiting the state Capitol, the Credit Union Association (CUAD) of the Dakotas reported (The Memo Jan. 29). Following the Capitol visit, an open forum was held at the Ramkota Hotel.

Later, the group attended the Legislative Social with more than 70 South Dakota legislators. The event provided an opportunity for credit union leaders to meet and re-unite with policymakers.

"We are pleased with the strong turnout for this annual event," CUAD president/CEO Robbie Thompson said, adding, "Whenever we can show our presence and meet directly with our elected representatives, we strengthen the credit union movement."

As part of the Wisconsin Credit Union League's annual Governmental Affairs Conference last week, more than 200 state credit union leaders visited with their state legislative representatives to discuss issues that affect the state's 1 million credit union members (Iron Mountain Daily Jan. 28).

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