Public Banking in the Press — City of Santa Fe issues RFQ to study a public bank

From The Santa Fe New Mexican:


City moving forward with study on public bank

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 7:23 am, Wed Aug 13, 2014.


By Daniel J. Chacón

The New Mexican

The idea of creating a public bank in Santa Fe is gaining traction.

The city is seeking someone qualified to study the feasibility of establishing a publicly owned bank that would help finance public projects, provide better returns on taxpayer investments and reduce the risk of public funds in existing financial markets.

The deadline for interested parties to submit their qualifications is September, the same month that the Public Banking Institute and a citizen-led group pushing the idea will host a national symposium on the topic in Santa Fe.

“We are expecting some 900 people from across the country to see if we can pull off a public bank in Santa Fe,” Janiece Jonsin, a member of WeArePeopleHere!, which is advocating the idea, said via email.

“In New Mexico, one of the poorest states, the establishment of public banks could be a game-changer for local economies and a score in the battle against plutocracy, starting in Santa Fe,” she said.

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The Bank of North Dakota — Its History and Operation

North Dakota has a public bank–a bank that has been owned and operated by the people of North Dakota since 1919. Because of the Bank of North Dakota, the state weathered the crisis of 2008 far better than most. North Dakota has not had a single local bank failure in more than 20 years. This documentary, produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting, presents the bank’s history, its current operation, and how it benefits the state.

Money and Banking 101 — Issues and Solutions (Part 3 of 3)

From time-to-time we will post items that we are calling Money and Banking 101. These come from various sources around the world. This is the first in that series. The three videos presented here come from the Public Banking Institute and the Pennsylvania Public Bank Project. This is the last post of three in this series.

The third of these videos shows us an important part of the solution to the problems outlined in the first two videos–the formation of public banks. Our cities are not broke. They are struggling with onerous interest payments to Wall Street bankers who are nothing but middlemen. These interest payments impoverish your communities, while enriching Wall Street. This video shows how municipalities, counties, universities and states can significantly reduce their interest payments by creating their own public bank. This has already been done and proven, and could cut the costs of public projects by at least half.

Money and Banking 101 — Issues and Solutions (Part 2 of 3)

From time-to-time we will post items that we are calling Money and Banking 101. These come from various sources around the world. This is the first in that series. The three videos presented here come from the Public Banking Institute and the Pennsylvania Public Bank Project. This is the second post of three in the series.

The second video informs you of perils your deposits face in large global banks — as set by law. People think that money is safe in the big banks because the FDIC will protect the deposits. This assumption is not based on fact. This video will show official government documents that describe the plans for confiscating deposits when (not if), a big bank fails. Individual, as well as public funds from municipal, university, county deposits are at serious risk. Your taxpayer money will disappear in the next crisis! Public officials in charge of taxpayer funds need to be aware of the dangers here. The loss of taxpayer funds and the inability to meet payrolls and obligations will certainly prompt a response that will both immediate and forceful.

For more information about current law and how it jeopardizes your bank deposits, see Legal Framework for Big Banks Puts Depositors at Risk by Steve Seuser, Co-Director, DC Public Banking Center.

Part 3 — Tomorrow

Money and Banking 101 — Issues and Solutions (Part 1 of 3)

From time-to-time we will post items that we are calling Money and Banking 101. These come from various sources around the world. This is the first in that series. The three videos presented here come from the Public Banking Institute and the Pennsylvania Public Bank Project. This is the first post of three in this series.

The first of these videos deals with money and money creation. People will work for decades to make the money they need to pay the bills and other necessities. Yet, fewer than 1-in-1000 people understand how this money actually gets into circulation and who benefits from our current system. After viewing this video, you will be one of those 1-in-1000 who understand this troubling issue in our current banking system. This is important knowledge. Please pass it on.

Craig Barnes’ Interview of Public Banking Institute Experts

Craig Barnes, Gwen Hallsmith, Mike Krauss

Listen to Craig Barnes interview two experts on public banking, Gwen Hallsmith, Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute, and Mike Krauss, a director of the Public Banking Institute and chairman of the Pennsylvania Project–an organization dedicated to the formation of Public Banks at the state and municipal level in Pennsylvania. They recently visited Santa Fe on behalf of We are People Here! to meet and discuss, with Mayor Gonzales, City Councilors, and other civic leaders of Santa Fe, the benefits and the formation of a Public Bank for the City of Santa Fe.

Public Banking Experts, Gwen Hallsmith and Mike Krauss

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Gwen most recently made national headlines with her work in Vermont to ask Town Meetings to consider public banking. On March 4th, 18 cities and towns in Vermont voted to endorse a resolution directing the state legislators to create a State Bank for Vermont. Thanks to the media expertise of William Boardman and Matt Stannard, the national media has picked up on the story, and there have been now over 20 radio interviews, print stories, and starting this week we’ll be on syndicated television with the story as well… Gwen has an interview with GritTV on Tuesday, and we understand that even bigger shows are working on the story – stay tuned.

Gwen is the author of several books on sustainable communities and economic reform, including her most recent book with Bernard Lietaer called Creating Wealth: Growing Local Communities with Local Currencies. She has been an advocate for economic reform for over 25 years, and implemented new currency projects on the local level in her recent position as the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier. Her work spans the globe – she has worked in all the major world regions at this point, and with cities, towns, regions, provinces, and states in the United States and Canada.

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Public Banking in the Press — Santa Fe Mayor Gonzalez briefed on public banking

From The Santa Fe New Mexican:


Mayor wants to study possibility of launching public bank

Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 8:08 am, Wed Jun 11, 2014.


By Daniel J. Chacón
The New Mexican

Mayor Javier Gonzales wants to study the feasibility of creating a public bank in Santa Fe to grow the local economy by keeping taxpayer money in the city.

Gonzales, who talked about the idea on the campaign trail, organized a presentation Tuesday for city councilors and others to understand the basics of public banking, which leverages a government’s assets to stimulate investment in the community. Examples of public banking include offering low-interest loans to local businesses or low-cost financing for public projects, such as housing and infrastructure.

After the presentation Tuesday by the Public Banking Institute, Gonzales said he wants the city to issue a request for qualifications to conduct a feasibility study over the summer. The results of that study could be available before a public symposium on public banking that’s scheduled in Santa Fe in September.

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Public Banking — Funding Local, Sustainable Economies