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'Jump$tart Washington' Formed

SEATTLE-Credit unions have joined with banks and community groups here to form "Jump$tart Washington" to improve financial literacy. Gov. Gary Locke has also proclaimed April as Financial Literacy month in the State of Washington.

The coalition is the local affiliate of the national Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, and comes six months after initial exploratory meetings. Some 25 organizations are supporting the initiative, including Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA), Bank of America, Boeing Employees CU, Consumer Counseling Northwest, Moonjar, Seattle Metropolitan CU, the Washington league and Washington State Employees CU.

The coalition's main goals are to educate the public and local government on the need for improved financial literacy, provide a web-based clearinghouse of resources, and promote the teaching of economics and personal finance in grades K-12.

FCUL Part of Prayer Breakfast

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-The Florida CU League was one of the sponsors of the annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast with the Florida Legislature. Sponsored by a wide range of trade associations, lobbyist firms and private companies, the Leadership Prayer Breakfast brings together the leaders of Florida government, members of the Florida Legislature, lobbyists, government officials and religious leaders. This year's event drew a capacity crowd of over 2,000 to the Leon County Civic Center.

Mica Among Top Lobbyists

WASHINGTON, D.C.-CUNA President and CEO Dan Mica was named one of the top "Members-of-Congress- Turned-Lobbyist" by The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress and the Capitol Hill community. Others on the list included former House Republican Leader Bob Michel and former Ohio Senator Howard Metzenbaum Mica is among 21 former members of Congress who were named "top lobbyists" in the March 26 issue of the publication.

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