Prize-linked savings was recently discussed on National Public Radio's Morning Edition.  A link to the transcript and audio file are provided below. 

Study: Nearly Half In U.S. Lack Financial Safety Net
In his inaugural address, President Obama talked about a country where even "a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else." But in reality, that's not always the case. A new report finds that one of the biggest obstacles for many Americans is that they don't have the savings or assets they need to help them get ahead.  Link to Website for Full Story and Audio File
 
 
Facebook is increasingly becoming a player in Washington, D.C., and not just because of social media’s influence on politics.  MarketWatch reported Wednesday that Facebook spent $1.4 million on lobbying in the fiscal fourth quarter — a 314 percent increase from what it sent to politicians during the same time period in 2011.  READ MORE
 

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Quote of the Week

01/30/2013

 
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. 
~Albert Einstein 


 
 
This week's state legislative updates have been posted for Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming.  They may be accessed with your member log in and password at mwcua.com/state-legislative-updates.  
 
 
The Members of the House of Representatives are back in their districts this week on a district work period, but the United States Senate is in Washington.  The Senate returns today and will consider H.R. 152, the Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.  READ MORE
 
 
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 Since the whole purpose of aSmarterChoice.org is to get consumers to learn more about credit unions – and find a credit union to join – earned media continues to be the top method for driving consumer eyes to the website.

 Case in point: The highest number of daily visits – 2,793 - in the fourth quarter came on November 21, when the Holiday Spending survey was presented at The National Press Club by CUNA and the Consumer Federation of America. ASmarterChoice.org was mentioned and included in the press release handout to the media in attendance.

 No doubt: Media exposure is one of the most effective ways for consumers to hear about aSmarterChoice.org. In fact, traffic typically spikes whenever the website is mentioned, in newspapers, on radio - or on TV. The more often aSmarterChoice.org is seen in the media, at the top of search engines, and via social media, the easier it is for people to find a credit union to join.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, just over 84,000 visits were made to the site, resulting in over 49,500 successful searches conducted for a credit union. Look where your state ranks in visits to aSmarterChoice.org in 2012.

Click here to: READ MORE  |  ACCESS MARKETING TOOLS  |  SOCIAL MEDIA  |  RSS FEEDS 


 

2013 GAC Update

01/23/2013

 
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GAC News
Boehner Returns to GAC Podium
CUNA announced Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will address the 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington on Feb. 26.

Boehner first addressed CUNA’s GAC in 2011, and is one of two sitting Speakers of the House to address the conference. Read More



More updates on the 2013 GAC can be found at the following Link

 
 
Weekly state legislative updates are provided as a resource for Association member credit unions during each states' legislative session.  

Arizona
Arizona State Legislature Update
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The First Regular Session of the 51st Arizona Legislature convened on Monday, January 14th, and is scheduled to last 100 days.  Log in to READ MORE

Colorado
Colorado General Assembly Update
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The second week of the 2013 session of the Colorado General Assembly was somewhat uneventful last week. The reporting requirements of the SMART Act seem to have bogged down the start of the session, as very few bills were considered in committee.  Log in to READ MORE

Wyoming
Wyoming State Legislature Update
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The second week of the Wyoming State Legislature proved to be busy, as several proposals mentioned by Governor Mead during his State-of-the-State were considered in committee.  Log in to READ MORE