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It's Happening

The news of so many emerging public bank developments across the country merely brushes the surface of a deeper realization, one with resonance in New Jersey.  While our neighbors in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maryland are opening state and municipal legislative initiatives for new public banks, Governor Murphy’s NJ Public Bank Implementation Board is faithfully refining its focus on public bank options that can make a difference for our State economy. 

For example, in 2019 New Jersey paid $1 BILLION  in interest to finance its projects, money that left our State economy for good. The Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) last Fall reported that nationwide,  states and municipalities spent $160 BILLION  annually in interest for the money they borrowed to operate.  A NJ State Bank will offer a systemic shift away from dependence on Wall Street’s private capital markets and offer a breakthrough for government leaders who realize that this level of debt service is unsustainable and unhealthy for our economy.  

Stay tuned.  It’s Happening. 

From Our Colleagues at the Public Banking Institute:

BREAKING: Massachusetts introduces public bank bill; New Mexico's new bill passes first committee; Hawaii, Philadelphia, and San Francisco all enter new legislation

The 2021 wave of new public banking legislation adds three more states and two major cities to its momentum.

Massachusetts' two bills, SD 1712 and HD 3247, were introduced yesterday, Feb. 18, by Sen. James B. Eldridge, and Reps. Mike Connolly and Nika Elugardo after a great deal of focused work by advocates at Massachusetts Public Banking. Read the fact sheet about the bills and join the mobilization effort in that state.  

New Mexico's new Public Banking Act, HB 236, passed the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee (HCEDC) yesterday, Feb 18, and heads next to the House Judiciary Committee. The twin NM bills, SB 313 and HB 236, were introduced Feb 1 & 2 respectively by Sen. Jeff Steinborn and Reps. Patricia Roybal Caballero and Elizabeth Thomson. Listen to radio station KSFR interview folks from the powerhouse advocacy team at Alliance for Local Prosperity. AFLEP reports: 

With almost 80 people in attendance, the Committee heard favorable public comment from people of diverse ages and backgrounds from all over New Mexico. Expert witnesses Angela Merkert, Executive Director of AFLEP, and Dan Mayfield of Leverage Point, Inc. fielded lots of good, challenging questions from legislators for more than 3 hours!

Hawaii has two new bills. The first, HB 240 HD1, introduced Jan 22 by Rep. Dale Kobayashi -- a former investment banker -- and eight co-sponsors, passed the House Committee on Economic Development with amendments on Feb 8 and now heads to the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee. This bill would establish a working group to propose legislation with a report due by Jan 1, 2022. The second, HB 1103, introduced Jan 27 by Rep. Amy Perruso and many of the same representatives, establishes an implementation board to study the feasibility of a state-owned bank. 

Philadelphia City Councilmember Derek Green -- another former banker -- along with 11 other Councilmembers, introduced Bill 210005 at Council's first meeting of the year, Jan. 28. The ordinance would create a city-owned economic development financing authority to operate a public bank. The effort has received a good amount of positive press, such as this report from The Philadelphia Inquirer. Advocates at the Philadelphia Public Banking Coalition have been hard at work furthering this effort.

San Francisco's Ordinance 210078, sponsored by Supervisor Dean Preston and 5 other Supers, creates a working group to write a public bank business plan. Introduced Jan 26, it was referred to four departments on Feb. 3. 

Keep track of ongoing legislation on PBI's legislation and local groups page on the PBI website, updated regularly.

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