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The Power of Association :: Governmental and Public Affairs

Monday, September 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Dyer
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With each Kansas credit union member, and every Kansas credit union, our voice is strengthened and together we can make a difference.

First in a series about the value of Association membership.

Credit unions are locked in a fierce battle to protect their status as not for profit financial cooperatives. The Kansas Credit Union Association is your credit union’s advocate, urging legislators to take a closer look at the credit union difference.

The Association governmental affairs staff is key to building and strengthening relationships with our legislators. We provide full-time, year around representation at the Statehouse and with the Kansas Congressional delegation on the issues affecting your credit union.

With a new office in Topeka under construction, KCUA will have a prominent presence, essential for connecting with our Kansas delegation.
The Governmental and Public Affairs department works diligently on your behalf:
  • Educates policymakers about the credit union difference and the importance of having a not-for-profit alternative in the financial services market. This has been especially important this year as credit unions nationwide are urging Congress "Don’t Tax My Credit Union”!

  • Tracks legislative issues and represents the credit union position in testimony before legislative hearings—both in Topeka and Washington, DC.

  • Issues legislative updates and legislative action alerts to encourage credit union participation at critical times in the legislative process, as well as keep you up to date through our Political Monitor.

  • Coordinates thousands of contacts through grassroots efforts in support of credit union positions to policy makers.

  • Hosts legislative policy forums, discussing issues and forming our legislative agenda.
  • Connects credit unions with policymakers through events like Day at the Capitol in Topeka, KS and the national Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., and other events like town hall meetings, fundraisers, and candidate nights.  

One of our top priorities in 2013 has been the preservation of the credit union tax status. We’ve generated thousands of contact to Congress, and are headed to Washington, D.C. in early October to meet with our Legislators. We’ve partnered with CUNA, other Leagues and credit unions and taken to Twitter and Facebook to urge Congress "Don’t Tax My Credit Union.”

But we can’t do it alone, and neither can you.
The League-credit union partnership is an integral element in the survival of credit unions. It ensures our financial health, supports our community efforts, and gives consumers a choice in choosing a financial institution.

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