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Minnesota Senate Minority leader meets with CUs
ROCHESTER, Minn. (7/2/09)--Ten Minnesota credit union representatives met with state Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem (R-Rochester) Tuesday at a legislative "Meet and Greet" hosted by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN).
Click to view larger image Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem (R-Rochester) met with credit union representatives during a legislative "meet and greet" Tuesday. From left are Neil Christy, Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) vice president of education and credit union development; Senjem; Mayo Employees FCU Chief Financial Officer Ken Blazing and CEO Mary Hansen; and Mark D. Cummins, MnCUN president/CEO. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network)
The second of two summer political meetings, the event provided an opportunity to discuss topics important to credit unions, communities and the state. Credit unions shared the effects the struggling economy and housing market are having on them and their members. "I encourage you to keep the lines of communication open," said Senjem, a long-time credit union proponent. Senjem served on the board of Mayo Employees FCU in Rochester for 23 years. He has been in the state Senate for seven years and has held the position of Senate minority leader since 2006. Throughout his years in the legislature, he repeatedly has professed a dedication to maintaining Minnesota credit unions' tax exempt status, said McCUN. During the meeting, Senjem shared his perspective on the state's "grave fiscal problems." Minnesota has a $2.7 billion budget shortfall stemming from financial instability that will impact citizens for many years, he said. He said the state can restore itself fiscally by investing in job growth. "It is through long-standing relationships with legislators like Sen. Senjem that Minnesota credit unions are able to strengthen our presence in Minnesota politics," said Mara Humphrey, MnCUN vice president-governmental affairs. On Monday, Minnesota credit unions met with the state Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL-Minneapolis).


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