Public Banking & the Nonpartisan League: Is It Time for a Financial Revolution?

  During this political season, we have heard a lot about too-big-to-fail banks, corporate greed, politicians on the take, bad trade deals, inequality and … starting a revolution to save the middle class. Just over 100 years ago, at the dawn of the first American Progressive Era, the same conditions sparked a revolution which spread…

Arizona's debt to Wall Street

SB1301: State-Owned Bank Task Force Bill Passes Committee

For the second year in a row, Southern Arizona Senator Andrea Dalessandro’s task force bill to study creation of a state-owned passed the Arizona Senate’s Financial Institutions Committee. This year’s bipartisan vote was 6-1 with only Senator Gail Griffin, also from Southern Arizona, voting no. In the highly polarized Legislature where many bills sponsored by…

What Wall Street Costs America (and Arizona)

The Public Banking Institute (PBI) has initiated an educational project entitled “What Wall Street Costs America.” PBI and advocates around the country are learning to read Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs). All governmental bodies must issue annual CAFRs– including the State of Arizona (here), the State Retirement System (here), Pima County (here), Tucson (here), and Tucson…

Rising Debt Service Costs: Public Banks for Tax Relief

Here is a great article by Mike Kraus, one of the founding members of the Public Banking Institute and Chair of Pennsylvania’s Public Banking Project. This was originally published in the Bucks County Courier Times. By Mike Krauss Across the United States, states and municipal governments struggle to provide essential public services, such as schools,…

Pima County Bond Issue: ‘Web of Debt’ or Investment for the Future? (video)

In a month, Pima County voters will be asked to vote on a $816 million, seven-part bond issue that includes construction of multiple buildings and roads to benefit existing corporations or attract new businesses to Southern Arizona. Sprinkled amongst the corporate-giveaways are improvements or construction of libraries, community centers, parks, neighborhoods, and other perks that…