‘Life Be Expensive These Days’: Reality Fair Volunteers Can Help Students Be Smart Consumers

Volunteers are being recruited now for four upcoming Financial Reality Fairs in May and June. It’s a chance to give students, teachers and even credit union leaders a first-hand look at what it takes to be smart financial consumers.

Best Part About Volunteering at the 2014 Financial Reality Fair? Helping Students ‘Connect the Dots’

Jared Dance doesn’t really sell cell phones and electronics, and Will Rance isn’t a car salesman. But the power of financial education is so important to both men that they took time out from their credit union jobs to play those roles at the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s 2013 Financial Reality Fair in Olympia.

Volunteers Needed to Play Merchants and Counselors at Financial Reality Fair

Volunteers are being recruited now to play the role of merchants or financial counselors at the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s Financial Reality Fair, which will be held Feb. 6, 2014, on the Capitol grounds in Olympia.

Volunteers Needed to Help Guide Students Through JA Finance Park

The value of a dollar — and the idea of living within your means — isn’t even on the radar for most middle- and high-school students. Junior Achievement of Oregon & Southwest Washington is working to change that, and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation is urging credit unions to join the effort by providing volunteers for JA Finance Park.

Bluebird Prepayment Card Architect to Keynote Amplify Convention

One of the most influential women in payments will headline Amplify Convention in Portland in October. Laura Kelly is the architect of the Amex/Walmart Bluebird card. Need we say more?

NCUA July Board Meeting

The NWCUA’s director of regulatory avocacy takes a deeper dive into last week’s NCUA board meeting. It is an important meeting for credit unions.

NCUA Reduces Budget, Establishes Stabilization Fund Assessments

The NCUA cut its 2013 operating budget by $2.6 million—the fourth mid-year budget decrease the agency has approved. The board also set the Stabilization Fund assessment at 8.0 basis points.

Washington Division of Credit Unions to Continue Operations, Regardless of Budget Process

Even if the Washington State Legislature fails in its second session to pass a budget, the Department of Credit Unions will continue to operate without interruption, Anthem has learned.

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Measuring the Success of Your IT Security Program

It may be difficult to measure the ROI on your credit union’s IT security program, but if you have solid answers to some key questions, you can make the case for keeping your budget and plan in place. In this week’s Strategic Link report, business partner Network Computing Architects, Inc. offers some tips.

Washington State Legislature in Double-Overtime

The Washington Legislature has started its second special session of 2013. A possible state government shutdown looms if there is no budget agreement by June 30.

Governor Inslee Schedules Special Session May 13

The Washington Legislature completed its 105-day session without passing a budget. The Governor has scheduled a special session to begin May 13.

NWCUA Bill Passes to Advance Washington Credit Union Act as Legislature Heads into Final Weeks of Session

The NWCUA bill improving the Washington Credit Union Act has passed and is now headed to Governor Inslee’s desk.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Committees Hold Final Hearings as Budget Talks Continue

With the end of the regular session just three weeks away, the Washington State Legislature will now move to floor action, as committees not tied to implementing the budget have held their final hearings for the session.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Inslee’s Revenue Proposal Kicks State Budget Talks

Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off the budget debate in Olympia last week when he released his revenue proposal for Washington State’s operating budget, a two-year plan that allocates funding for state services such as K-12 and higher education, low-income healthcare and social services.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Revenue Forecast Predicts Unexpected Surplus

The March revenue forecast released last week by the Washington Legislature’s non-partisan Economic & Revenue Forecast Council projects the state to have $40 million more in revenue over the next two fiscal years than originally projected.

Washington Legislative Week in Review: Solving a $1.3 Billion Budget Shortfall

After last week’s key deadline for bills to be approved in their houses of origin, the Washington State Legislature turns its attention to the state budget. Numbers released Thursday show the projected budget deficit has grown by $300 million.

Trio of Kitsap-Area Credit Unions Joining Forces to Support Members During Sequestration

Connection, Kitsap and Peninsula Community Federal Credit Unions are partnering with politicians and community organizations to proactively provide members with the resources and support needed to bridge any financial gaps or challenges resulting from sequestration.

Financial Reality Fair at GAC an ‘Eye-Opening Experience’ for Teens

On the heels of successful events in Olympia, Wash., and in Washington, D.C., last month, the Oregon Credit Union Day at the Capitol will also give legislators the opportunity to see credit unions’ financial education in action through a Financial Reality Fair.