Gov. Inslee proposes 2020 budget

Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his proposal for how lawmakers should update the Washington state budget during the upcoming 2020 legislative session. While not legally binding this proposal shares executive branch priorities with lawmakers who are ultimately tasked with crafting and adopted a final plan. The most significant investment proposed by the governor is a plan […]

November Special Elections Results in WA

With November’s elections now certified we can officially announce the outcomes of Washington’s two special legislative elections, not that the results were ever in question given a strong showing by two credit union supporters. Both Senator Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, and Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, were appointed to fill the open seats during the 2019 legislative […]

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Denies ABA Bid for Rehearing

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the Credit Union Movement a victory in its long battle with the American Bankers Association regarding the National Credit Union Administration’s 2016 Field of Membership amendments. The Court denied the ABA’s petition for an en banc rehearing of the Appeals Court’s August 2019 decision that overturned […]

Credit Unions Successful in Advocating for Serving Military Members

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act was just signed, and the language does not contain Section 2821 of the Senate-passed version of the NDAA that would have expanded access to nominal leases on military installations for banks and require the Department of Defense (DoD) to treat banks and credit unions on military installations equally when […]

Credit Union Expert Testifies in Olympia

Lynn Ciani, Chief Risk Officer for Numerica Credit Union, testified in front of the Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committee. She shared her expertise on cannabis financial services offerings during the legislature’s annual assembly days. The Senate was eager to lean more about aspects of public safety and the Federal level dialogue around […]

Washington DFI Issues Final Rule

Final rule outlines procedures for requesting powers and authorities authorized in other states.

Advocacy Training at Wauna Credit Union

Earlier this week, your association had the great privilege to go and present an Advocacy Training to a fantastic group of Wauna Credit Union employees! What a pleasure to hear the numerous stories about how Wauna employees have been able to serve their members so well.  Advocacy Training allows employees to engage in a fun, […]

Credit Union Advocates Support Congressional Champion

Credit union advocates gathered earlier this week in the 3rd Congressional district to show our strong support for Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R – WA 3). The Congresswoman has been a friend to credit unions since her time serving in Olympia, and has been a constant advocate for CDFIs and the CDRLF in her current role […]

The Power of Story and Mobilization

What makes Credit Unions different than other financial service providers? You and I may answer that by talking about the not-for-profit cooperative structure and the significant ways we return value to our communities (the numbers don’t lie). But how do we articulate what that means for our members in a meaningful way? We do this […]

Credit unions gather with new WA Speaker Jinkins

Last week credit union leaders had the opportunity to gather with Washington’s newly elected Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins in Tacoma. Speaker-designate Jinkins will be formally voted into the position when the Legislature convenes on January 13th, but was selected by her peers in July to step into the role vacated with former long-time […]

NWCUA Advocacy Team Engaging with State Legislators at ALEC

This week, the NWCUA Advocacy team had the opportunity to spend time with over 1,500 state legislators and leaders from around the country.  Over 25 legislators and staff from our three states were in attendance at the 2019 ALEC Conference, which took place in Austin, Texas.  The ALEC Conference is a policy forum that provides […]

NASCUS Annual Summit Showcases New Commitment to Cooperation

The NWCUA team joined credit union regulators and stakeholders at the Annual Summit of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS).   The Northwest is being well represented at the meeting with strong credit union representation, regulators from all three states, as well as Association and league staff. One of the highlights of the […]

WA Governmental Affairs Committee Summary

As with the Idaho Governmental Affairs committee meeting in late July, the Washington State Governmental Affairs Committee just held their third quarter meeting for 2019. We had the great pleasure of welcoming State Senator Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, Chair of he Senate Financial Institutions, Economic, and Trade Committee. His candor and insights on the upcoming legislative […]

Congress and the Senate head home for the August Recess

The House has adjourned and congressional representatives are headed back home to their districts across the country. The Senate will head into their recess next week. This six-week break provides members of congress an opportunity to get out into their communities and many will be hosting town halls to meet constituents. Learn more about events […]