NAFCU continues fight for military CUs in NDAA

first_img continue reading » NAFCU, along with the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) and CUNA, again voiced opposition against the inclusion of a provision regarding bank leases in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The provision – if included in the final version of the bill – could disadvantage credit unions as it would treat all banks, including large ones like Wells Fargo, the same as local, not-for-profit credit unions when it comes to nominal leases on military bases.NAFCU consistently advocates against this bank-sought provision in the NDAA and successfully kept it from being included in a final version of the bill last year, despite it being included in the initial Senate-version of the measure. Earlier this month, NAFCU, DCUC and CUNA wrote to the House Armed Services Committee to speak out against the provision’s inclusion.In the letter, sent yesterday, the associations touted the value that credit unions bring to servicemembers and their families, and the efforts taken to bring affordable financial products and services to them while protecting them from predatory institutions.“Our organizations recognize the important role both credit unions and banks can play for our men and women in the military in the provision of traditional financial services and in protecting our troops from predatory lenders,” urged the organizations. “However, we remain concerned that this effort in the FY2021 NDAA to tie the fate of banks on the lease issue to credit unions could ultimately disadvantage credit unions and the men and women of our nation’s armed services that they serve.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Rep Reilly bill gives schools more flexibility in testing

first_img Categories: News,Reilly News State Representative John Reilly of Oakland Township has submitted legislation to allow local school districts to opt out of certain standardized testing.“Our districts have multiple federal and state assessments for each grade, and especially in high school, these myriad assessments are burdensome,” Reilly said. “In the 11th grade alone, students are mandated to take the SAT, M-STEP and WorkKeys assessments.”While the WorkKeys test is billed as an assessment of career readiness, critics say it tests nothing more than remedial algebra, reading comprehension and basic problem solving, making it unhelpful and duplicative of other exams.“School officials in my district have unanimously indicated that they would not administer the WorkKeys test if given the option,” Reilly said. “We should lessen the burden of standardized exams on our schools.  If a school sees value in the exam, this legislation would not prohibit them from using it, but we should end this unnecessary and unwanted mandate.”House Bill 4501 has been assigned to the House Education Reform Committee.##### 20Apr Rep. Reilly bill gives schools more flexibility in testinglast_img read more

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Rep Griffin votes in favor of House budget plan supporting schools workforce

first_imgServices for children and seniors. More money would be invested in child welfare and foster care programs, as well as programs for seniors. House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues. Savings for taxpayers. A prison would be closed, reflecting successful efforts to reduce Michigan’s inmate population. Budgets for several state departments decline as state government becomes more efficient, effective, and accountable. The budget plan continues a trend of prioritizing what’s most important. School safety. More than $25 million would be added to improve school security. The OK2SAY program also would be expanded. Road repairs. Addressing a critical need for improvement, the state will spend more on roads than ever before in its next budget as part of a multi-year effort. Michigan also must focus on getting road money to where it is needed most and making repairs last longer, Griffin said. State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan today voted in favor of a House budget plan investing more than ever before in Michigan schools, with a focus on preparing students for the workforce.The plan approved by the House would increase the budget supporting K-12 schools to $14.8 billion. It includes the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, with increases ranging from $120 to $240 per student.“The best way to build a better Michigan for our children and grandchildren is to invest in their education, and we are doing just that with this budget,” said Griffin, who was a teacher before serving in the House.  “We are focused on getting kids ready to succeed in work and in life.”The House plan also focuses on mental health services, helping senior citizens, and improving roads while eliminating waste.Highlights of the House plan for the budget year starting Oct. 1 include:Workforce development. More than $100 million is added to talent development and workforce preparation programs at the K-12 level, plus significant investments in other programs such as Going PRO. It’s part of the strategy to continue Michigan’s economic comeback, which has seen unemployment drop from 14.6 percent in June 2009 to 4.7 percent last month. Campus safety. Provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities are included. Health care. Access to mental health services will be improved so Michigan residents can live healthier, happier and more independent lives. Services to military veterans, problem-solving courts, crime victims’ rights initiatives and other efforts reflecting the House CARES task force report are included. More resources would fight the opioid crisis, including money to help identify specific drugs in overdose cases – a key part of knowing which drugs to target in treatment and prevention. Resources would be added to increase access to doctors in underserved areas. 24Apr Rep. Griffin votes in favor of House budget plan supporting schools, workforce preparation ### Categories: Griffin News,Newslast_img read more

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