Angela Merkert, AFLEP Executive Director recaps the public banking movement in New Mexico, the 2021 launch of public bank legislation and unveils the comprehensive Public Bank Act bill slated for the 2022 Session. Host Paul Gibson asks why the Community Bank sector has emerged as a primary opposition to public banking when the statewide association of Credit Unions supports it. Angela speaks to the misinformation, highlighting the ways a public bank will expand community bank lending and target under-financed economic needs across the state.
by Angela Merkert, Executive Director, AFLEP — With the challenges in the financial system—banks closing, fintech gaining market space, interest rates rising—lending for small businesses is decreasing. One recent business article reported that the U.S. loan approval...
By AALLYAH WRIGHT for Capital B News | MAY 17, 2023 — Some say the stores—disproportionately found in low-income, rural, and Black areas—stifle economic growth and job creation and exacerbate food insecurity. For years, the Rev. Donald Perryman wondered why the...
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“I had the good fortune to work on this initiative before Bernie kidnapped all my time. This is one of those no-brainer initiatives that only the 1% could oppose. It has the potential to save the state millions of dollars by vastly reducing the cost of its bonds to improve infrastructure funding. in a public bank, our state funds can be used to build our local economy and our local infrastructure.”
– Paul Gibson
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