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Maine legislators commend CUs at regional breakfasts
PORTLAND, Maine (12/28/10)--The Maine's Credit Union League's Breakfast with Legislators series heard plenty of praise heaped on credit unions from many of the nearly 75 lawmakers attending the breakfasts.
Click to view larger image New Speaker of the Maine House, Robert Nutting, left, poses with Maine Credit Union League President John Murphy at the League's Breakfast with Legislators event in Augusta, one of five breakfasts the League held prior to the start of the Legislative session in January. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
Among legislative leaders attending the series were Speaker of the House Robert Nutting, Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing, and Assistant Minority Leader Teresea Hayes. Nutting, who attended the Augusta breakfast, called credit unions "a great part of communities who deserve our appreciation." During the month of December, the Maine Credit Union League held five regional breakfasts in Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Lewiston and Portland. A sixth planned for Presque Isle was postponed due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled later either in Aroostook County or Augusta . The breakfasts' goal was to strengthen and build relationships between credit unions and legislators. "We had a positive response from legislators, both new and returning, to our breakfasts, as well as close to 100 credit union representatives attend," said John Murphy, league president. "Each breakfast generated lots of discussion on the important role that credit unions have in financial services in Maine, with many legislators eager to help support issues of importance to credit unions. We also provided background information on the positive growth of credit unions in Maine, and educated those legislators who were less familiar with credit unions about our issues, products and services." Murphy said it was nice to hear so many legislators mention the important role that credit unions had played in their lives. "From lending money for a first car, first house or to start a business, legislators were proud and appreciative of the help that their local credit union had given to them."


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