Oregon Credit Unions Take ‘Don’t Tax’ Message Directly to Lawmakers

Credit unions across Oregon are reaching out to lawmakers with face-to-face meetings designed to spread the word about the structure, value and impact of the credit union movement.

Pam Leavitt, the Northwest Credit Union Association’s policy adviser for advocacy and grassroots efforts in Oregon, says the meetings are in response to recent “calls to action” from national and regional advocacy leaders. Among the key topics being discussed, she says: an economic analysis by ECONorthwest that says credit unions’ tax-exempt status does not confer an unfair competitive advantage over commercial banks.

“Our advocates are finding success,” Leavitt says. Among the recent meetings:

  • A group of Eugene-area credit unions met with Rep. Phil Barnhart in Eugene. The meeting, hosted by Oregon Community Credit Union, included advocates from Northwest Community Credit Union, SELCO Community Credit Union and Bi-Mart Federal Credit Union;
  • Oregonians Credit Union and Pacific NW Federal Credit Union met with Sen. Chuck Thomsen in Hood River. Thomsen enjoyed the meeting so much, Leavitt says, that he visited with both credit unions at their branches a few days after the meeting;
  • Oregonians Credit Union also organized a visit with Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson in Gresham and Rep. Shemia Fagan from Clackamas County;
  • OnPoint Community Credit Union and Rivermark Community Credit Union hosted more than 15 credit union advocates at an event for Rep. Margaret Doherty; and
  • Rogue Credit Union hosted a meeting for its internal governmental affairs committee and Rep. Dennis Richardson.

“The commitment of our key contacts and credit union advocates to grassroots advocacy sets credit unions apart from other industries,” Leavitt says. “Your commitment will ensure that the credit union voice is heard, and that credit unions continue to be the smart financial choice for consumers. Keep up the great work that you are doing!”


For more information about meetings with legislators, contact Pam Leavitt at 503.887.2336 or pleavitt@nwcua.org, or reach Jennifer Wagner, NWCUA vice president for legislative advocacy, at 503.350.2224 or jwagner@nwcua.org.

Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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