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
By KUNM | January 18, 2021
Listen to Arturo Sandoval, founder of the Center of Southwest Culture, on KUNM’s “Espejos de Aztlán” discuss the importance of Place in New Mexico within the context of a rapidly changing world. A New Mexico public bank could help to support our communities and facilitate their growth with respect, within tradition.
By KRWG | December 14, 2020
Alliance for Local Prosperity presented to the Las Cruces City Council on December 14, 2020 on the merits of a public bank for New Mexico. Supporters for a NM Public Bank include State Senator-Elect Carrie Hamblen, Councilor Gabe Vasquez and Councilor Kasandra Gandara.
By Richard Eeds, KTRC | Dec 2, 2020
Why does New Mexico need a Public Bank? Listen as Richard Eeds interviews Elaine Sullivan and Melissa Pickett of Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity about the ways a Public Bank could benefit all New Mexicans in the midst of the challenging times we are facing.
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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Allied Organizations that support what a State Public Bank can do for our economy
In the News
By Brady Wakayama & Stephanie Chavez, KRQE – There is a new push – backed by several state lawmakers, and now some Albuquerque city councilors – for New Mexico to establish a state public bank. “It’s a great low cost, very easy way to make sure small businesses and economic development projects, municipal projects of all kinds, can get capitol pretty quickly,” said Dan Mayfield, VP of the Credit Union Association.
By Kevin Robinson-Avila, Albuquerque Journal – The U.S. has emerged from previous economic downturns like today’s pandemic-induced slump by building new infrastructure. And given the immense construction needed to add transmission capacity, modernize grid technology, and build renewable generation facilities, transitioning to a green economy could provide a robust path to recovery while also laying the foundations for new, sustainable industries.
By Oscar Perry Abello, Next City – The City of Albuquerque spends around $400 million a year on purchasing goods and services — excluding any CARES Act spending. About 65 percent of that already goes to local businesses in Albuquerque. “I would say I don’t see us surviving COVID without the City of Albuquerque business,” says Diverse Office Supply CEO Kerry Brennan Bertram. “I’m not exaggerating, I really don’t see how we could have managed.”
- 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.