The Public Bank of North Dakota has kept their public funds safe, local and working for more than 100 years.
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Credit Union Association of New Mexico
Endorses a Public Bank for New Mexico
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How Can a State Public Bank
Support Our Communities?
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AFLEP in New Mexico Blog
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By Dee Gamble, Santa Fe New Mexican | March 2, 2021
Thanks to Milan Simonich for highlighting the bills (House Bill 236 and Senate Bill 313) to create a New Mexico Public Bank and promoting public discussion (“Public bank bill belongs on scrapheap,” Ringside Seat, Feb. 21). However, the New Mexico Public Bank would not replace the New Mexico Finance Authority, it would complement, not duplicate or compete with it. More importantly, the public bank, as a chartered bank, would grow money (yes, “grows as it goes”), which the New Mexico Finance Authority cannot do. The bills do not create a bank that lends directly to individuals, as the Bank of North Dakota does for college loans. Rather, it would partner with community banks and credit unions to finance loans to small businesses and entities including municipalities and tribes for underfunded community development investments.
If financial investments are just fine as they are, why is New Mexico at the bottom of all the measures for well-being? New Mexico communities have many unmet needs, and it’s high time we do something bold that is successfully functioning elsewhere and is currently being considered by dozens of other states.
March 2, 2021 – The New Mexico Public Banking Act hearing originally scheduled for the HAFC on Tuesday, March 2nd will now be heard on Wednesday, March 3rd at 1:30pm.
Let your voice be heard! Offer public comment during the hearing on Wednesday, March 3rd at 1:30pm. Participants are allotted 60 seconds of public comment time if called upon. Join in the hearing to let them know of your support.
Use this Zoom link to access the hearing: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81432164016
Working together let’s establish a Public Bank for New Mexico, to finance the bold changes it will take for our communities to overcome today’s obstacles and seize tomorrow’s opportunities.
The Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity (AFLEP) is a nonprofit, grassroots think tank advocating for a state public bank. New Mexico’s revenue (taxes and fees) is now largely invested in global banks outside the state, missing opportunities to invest in the economic needs of New Mexico communities. Learn more:
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In the News
By Vanessa Lowe and Stanley Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer – Right now, big banks hold Philadelphia’s tax dollars and invest them in the interests of their shareholders rather than the people of Philadelphia. Their schools, streets, and health-care systems are in desperate need. Black and brown communities still struggle to access affordable mortgages and business loans. Philadelphia is working to establish a public bank that invests tax dollars back into their communities and generates reserves for crises like the current one.
By Ellen Brown, ScheerPost – Just over two months into the new year, 2021 has already seen a flurry of public banking activity. Sixteen new bills to form publicly-owned banks or facilitate their formation were introduced in eight U.S. states just in January and February.As Oscar Abello wrote on NextCity.org in February, “2021 could be public banking’s watershed moment.… Legislators are starting to see public banks as a powerful potential tool to ensure a recovery that is more equitable than the last time.”
By Carolyn Duren, S&P Global – Over the last couple months, several states and municipalities have introduced bills to study or implement public banks, potentially changing the financing landscape for large chunks of the country. Most state-level public bank initiatives propose lenders that would use municipal deposits to fund projects within the state, such as infrastructure, agricultural production, economic development, low-income housing or environmental projects.
- North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation during the 2007-08 recession. Current Sept 2020 rates: North Dakota, 3.8%; U.S., 7.9%; New Mexico, 9.4%.
- Bank of North Dakota (BND) has added to the state’s annual operating budget $300+ million over the past 10 years.
- North Dakota community banks are thriving because of their partnerships with BND: 10 community banks per 100,000 population, the highest in the U.S.
- BND originated or renewed 15,696 loans to state businesses, projects and students, totaling $1.33 billion in 2019. The total loan portfolio is $4.5 billion.
- BND works actively to create successful new businesses to reduce the state’s dependence on oil and gas.
- Founded in 1919 with $2 million in capital, BND reported assets of $7.0 billion at the end of 2019.
- BND posted its 16th year of record profits at $169 million in net earnings in 2019 and is highly profitable, with a Return on Investment (ROI) of 18.6% for 2019.