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Agricultural bankers hear what new Farm Bill has in store
WBA Banker News Clips for April 24, 2014
While Wisconsin farmers are getting ready to plant, Washington, D.C., policymakers have already sown the seeds of farm policy with passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Last week at the Wisconsin Agricultural Bankers Conference in Wisconsin Dells, John...

Plan Your Summer Vacation on a Budget
WBA Consumer Column for April 24, 2014
Summer vacation time is just around the corner. Planning ahead can keep your vacation from blowing your entire budget for the summer. Here are a few planning and budgeting tips that will keep your vacation relaxing and reduce the stress on your...

Gov. Walker: Employers Looking For One Thing
WBA Banker News Clips for April 23, 2014
Governor Scott Walker said eliminating some of the stigma surrounding certain careers, like manufacturing, will help grow a skilled workforce. The Governor made that statement Tuesday morning at a 7 Rivers Region economic breakfast at the UW-La...

Keeping Your Information Safe Online
WBA Consumer Column for April 10, 2014
The Internet can be a powerful tool to connect with family and friends, run a small business, and save time running errands. However, take precautions whenever you use the Internet to transmit personal or financial information. Hackers are...

Wisconsin home sales down 11% in March
WBA Banker News Clips for April 22, 2014
Wisconsin existing home sales fell 11.3 percent year-over-year in March, as continuing snow and wintery weather helped chill the market as well, the Wisconsin Realtors Association said April 21.

Governor Signs Bank Records Retention Bill
WBA Executive Letter April 22, 2014
WBA was on hand last week as Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 520, which empowers all state-chartered financial institutions to retain their records in a manner consistent with prudent business practices and in accordance with other...

Madison real estate values show significant rise
WBA Banker News Clips for April 21, 2014
After a relentless recession, Madison real estate values rose a solid 3.5 percent for this year's tax assessments, including the first increase in the value of the average single-family home in six years. That average home saw an increase in...

WBA offers reward for information on bank robbery
WBA Banker News Clips for April 18, 2014
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who robbed a Home Savings Bank Feb. 18, according to a release. The Wisconsin Bankers Association is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information...

Walker signs credit union regulation bill
WBA Banker News Clips for April 17, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker recently signed Senate Bill 520, a package of regulatory changes that apply to credit unions statewide. The bill makes changes to several rules the DFI enforces in relation to credit unions. They include permitted investments,...

Petri, Ellis Not Running Again In 2014
WBA Pundit, April 16, 2014
Welcome to your Wisconsin Political Bombshell edition of The Pundit!

Wisconsin Bankers Association Offers Robbery Reward
WBA Press Release, April 17, 2014
The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible...

Dip continues in Wisconsin foreclosures
WBA Banker News Clips for April 16, 2014
The number of foreclosure filings continued to fade in Wisconsin during the first quarter of 2014, falling 24% and staying at pre-recession levels. Court records show there were 3,427 foreclosure filings in the first quarter of the year, down...

It's Tax Day: Time for Credit Unions to Pay Their Fair Share
WBA Executive Letter April 15, 2014
WBA sent a letter to congressional representatives today with the message that it is time for credit unions to pay their fair share in income taxes.

Scott Fitzgerald says he won't run for Congress this year
WBA Banker News Clips for April 15, 2014
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald ended the speculation April 14 that he might run for retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri's seat. In a press release, Fitzgerald affirmed he will run for his state Senate seat this fall.

Sites vulnerable to Heartbleed include Google, Yahoo, TurboTax, list shows
WBA Banker News Clips for April 14, 2014
The Heartbleed bug affected major sites including Google, Yahoo and TurboTax, according to a new "Heartbleed hit list" released by tech site Mashable. WBA president and CEO Rose Oswald Poels clarified that the WBA surveyed several of its members...

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