Northwest credit unions invited to special events during the premier credit union gathering of 2015.
“It’s a great day to be a credit union advocate”: Oregon and Washington’s GAC delegates spent much of the day Tuesday preparing to “hike the Hill” today and share the credit union message with all four Northwest senators and all 15 of the region’s representatives.
CUNA and the Northwest Credit Union Association are urging credit union members and staff to tweet lawmakers today on the third “Don’t Tax Tuesday,” part of a nationwide grassroots effort designed to energize public support for credit unions’ tax-exempt status.
Credit unions say they face a regulatory burden that often feels oppressive, but NCUA board Chairman Debbie Matz said Tuesday that the federal regulator has taken significant steps to ease that burden, and she insisted that “gone are the days when we say no simply because we’ve always said no.”
Credit unions and their supporters welcomed Congress back from recess Tuesday with more than 5,000 Tweets and Facebook posts—more than double the number of “Don’t Tax My Credit Union” messages sent during the first “Don’t Tax Tuesday” event in July.
What better way to welcome Congress back from recess today than with this message: “Don’t tax my credit union!” The Northwest Credit Union Association can help with sample posts and Twitter handles.
Credit union advocates are being asked to fire up their twitter machines on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to welcome Congress back from recess. The NWCUA toolkit contains sample messages as well as Twitter handles for all Northwest Senators and Members of Congress.
With the U.S. Senate facing a Friday deadline to submit tax reform ideas to the Senate Committee on Finance; Northwest credit union advocates amplified their support of the credit union tax model. They were part of a nationwide social media blitz Tuesday that was seen by nearly a million online followers, and they’ve also sent 20,000 direct messages to congress.
The NWCUA and CUNA are calling all credit unions to blitz the US Senate with social media messages July 23—“Don’t Tax Tuesday.” Senators have until Friday to submit their tax reform proposals. A persistent and passionate credit union voice may secure credit union’s tax status.
The Senate panel considering the nomination of former Oregon Senator Rick Metsger to the NCUA Board will meet in closed session as its next step Tuesday.
Representatives from the Northwest credit union movement head to Washington, D.C., this weekend for next week’s CUNA GAC, pushing MBL and supplemental capital legislation. Anthem will feature daily updates from the conference all week.
Friday, Feb. 3 is the first cut-off for non-budget-related bills to pass out of policy committee in the current Washington State legislative session. The Public Funds bill continues to progress and is now eligible for a floor vote in the House.
The budget process continued largely along party lines, against a backdrop of growing public pressure to end business tax exemptions.