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The QueQue: State centers for the disabled: ‘still deplorable’, Bank Transfer Day a boon for RBCU

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The San Antonio Center only hit 24 of the 171 benchmarks laid out by the DOJ, and DADS monitors questioned why 10 percent of the center’s residents had standing Do Not Resuscitate orders, even though none had terminal conditions — far from standard practice, Mitchell said.

 

Bank Transfer Day a boon for RBCU

While the Express-News reports minimal numbers of bank accounts were closed in favor of Texas credit unions in San Antonio (where more than half of residents are already credit-union members) during Saturday’s “Bank Transfer Day,” they should have interviewed the folks at Randolph Brooks Credit Union. “Yeah, I don’t think they talked to us,” said Sonya McDonald, senior vice president of market development, with a small laugh. “We were probably too busy to talk.” Randolph Brooks opened 727 new accounts on Saturday (“a record for us,” McDonald said) after closing out a booming October in which the member-owned institution experienced a 93 percent increase in new checking accounts over October 2010.

Statewide the Texas Credit Union League reports a “surge” in traffic corresponding with an online movement opposing new banking fees that the Occupy movement has adopted as their own. Credit unions in Texas bolstered their numbers before November 2 by 47,000 Texans representing $326 million (nationwide that figure was placed at 650,000 new accounts by the League). “We have, in fact, experienced tremendous growth in Texas,” said Linda Webb-Manon, the League’s vice president of communications. “People are looking for another way to do business and the cooperative business model is just becoming more attractive.”

Preliminary numbers provided by Webb-Manon suggest that twice the normal number of new accounts were opened statewide the month prior to Saturday’s event — and four times the number of new accounts opened with credit unions on Bank Transfer Day proper. “It’s the Bank Transfer Day, but also the United Nations has declared 2012 its International Year of Cooperatives,” she said. “That really sends a very strong message that the cooperative business model works. It’s good for our communities, it’s great for our economy.”

Credit unions are not-for-profit institutions owned by their respective memberships as opposed to for-profit banks, many of which participated in the excessive risk-taking that put us on the brink.

 

State leader misrepresents Texas climatologist on climate change

Although Texas climate scientists have come out strongly against Governor Rick Perry’s contrarian view on global warming, that didn’t stop State Representative Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, from declaring that the state climatologist this week said there was no link between the current drought and ongoing human-induced climate change. “I know there’s a lot of theories… [and] I’m not looking for a debate on this, because the jury’s still out for me,” Rep. Miller said last Thursday at a gathering at a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality summit in Schertz intended to examine issues along the I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio.

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