February 12 2009 Ycabc Minutes

Yakima County Asset Building Coalition Meeting
February 12, 2009

Present: David Gilbreath, Lindsay Jacobson, Bill Stevens, Tim Sullivan, Bruce Tabb, Sylvia Martinez, Liz Chaskey, Carole Folsom-Hill.

Minutes: Motion made to accept the minutes as submitted. Motion passed.

EITC Committee Update: The kick-off at Casa Hogar went well.

There will be a Super-Saturday on March 21st when they will do taxes for people.

Coalition Guidelines and Chair Elect: These topics will be deferred to March.

WA ABC Meeting in Olympia: Purpose of the meeting was to give an overview of what’s happening in the arena of asset building statewide and also to do some lobbying with elected officials. The focus of the asset building coalitions is EITC. They also talked about the fact that in 2 – 3 months they are going to have a website at the state level. Each coalition could have a drop down menu if they want to do that. They are tentatively having a conference in Tacoma November 5-6, 2009.

They talked about the Gates Foundation grant and they had submitted a total grant request of $48,000. In that grant there was a little over $10,500 for us. We put together what it would cost to do some radio and print advertising in the Yakima County area. We got that $10,500 for us to use for outreach for EITC. That is an amendment to the CTED grant.

There was some talk about legislation concerning pay-day loans. Some legislation may be introduced that would cap them at just above 30% APR and it’s working its way through the different committees. It’s very similar to legislation that was past in Oregon a couple of year ago.

In the afternoon everyone had the opportunity to go meet with their elected officials. Dave went to the governor’s office. She wasn’t available for a meeting so he left her a note asking her to support various legislation. He focused his note on the legislative priorities. Most of them have taken proposed significant cuts in programs. He focused on EITC promotion. It’s estimated that $80mil goes unclaimed each year in WA state. Most of the people who get an EITC refund spend the money, so that means that the money is lost to the state. So he asked the governor to consider funding this program.

We will invite Paul Knox to meet with us in EPIC’s Fireside Room March 11th at 1:00 – 2:30 pm and ask him to give us a vision of what’s happening statewide and nationally and give us a focus on how we can narrow it down to a few priorities rather than trying to do some much as a coalition.

EITC Outreach: We have two significant grants to help us fund outreach. One is the Gates Foundation for $10,560. This is an amendment to the CTED grant we got. A motion was made seconded and passed to approve this grant adjustment of the CTED grant.

We also have a United Way and WalMart agreement for $15,000 primarily for EITC outreach and we hope to spend some of that money for a website that would support EITC efforts. We signed that agreement and just need the coalition to ratify it. A motion was made seconded and passed to ratify this agreement.

EPIC Proclamation: The EPIC proclamation for the City Council and County Commissioners will be read to the Yakima County Commissioners, Feb, 24th at 10:00 am and to the Yakima City Council at 6:00 pm. It is to proclaim support of the EITC program for the month of March. Once the proclamation is read and documented they will present it to the Coalition.

The next regular meeting will be March 12th, at 9:00 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Goebel
EPIC Administrative Assistant