Voters Regulate Payday Lending

In South Dakota, where payday loan interest rates average a whopping 652 percent and are among the highest in the nation, voters have struck back by approving a 36 percent rate cap.

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NY Times Has a Fatal Wall Street Bias

The New York Times is the one paper in America that should be viewed with particular skepticism when it comes to Wall Street. It was a cheerleader for years on its editorial page, promoting the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. The Times apology, coming after the deregulated Wall Street had crashed the U.S. financial system and left millions of innocent Americans without jobs and in foreclosure, was too little too late.

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The Economist Issues a Myopic Defense of the White-collar Criminal

An editorial called "Jail bait" is the latest in a line of salvoes against what The Economist imagines is a wave of politically driven regulatory actions against corporate executives. It's bad enough that the self-pitying jerks on Wall Street who read magazines like The Economist think that paying taxes or giving employees benefits or adhering to any labor or environmental standards are unconscionable burdens. Now we're supposed to be so grateful for their sociopathic pursuit of profits that we should excuse them from the criminal code, too?

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PBI Is on the Move in Santa Fe

The public banking movement received a lift the past couple weeks with allegations about Wells Fargo inflating its profits by creating millions of fake deposit and credit card accounts. Santa Fe City Councilor Renee Villarreal and co-sponsors Joseph Maestas and Carmichael Dominguez have introduced legislation that allows the city to move forward with planning a public bank.

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PBI Is on the Move in New Jersey

While most taxpayer funds right now are deposited in commercial banks, the mission of a taxpayer-owned bank would be to create a new financial institution that could hold those deposits without having to involve the commercial banks. Meet the PBI coordinator spearheading this effort for the state of New Jersey.

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PBI Founder Ellen Brown to Speak at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power Conference

EllenBrown.jpgOn Tuesday, September 27th, Public Banking Institute founder, attorney, and author Ellen Brown will speak at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power conference in Washington D.C. She will lead a presentation on Public Banking at 3:20pm at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Tickets are only $10 for one-day passes and can be purchased on TicketMaster. For more details on the Breaking Through Power conference, check out the official event description below.

On Saturday, September 24th, at 12:00pm Pacific, Ellen will also be a guest on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour.


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Public Banking Beat - August 24th, 2016

Here are some updates from our New Mexico affiliate...

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Just Like Healthcare Needs a Public Option, So Does Banking

The recent kerfuffle over private health insurance companies refusing to accommodate those with plans acquired through the Affordable Care Act exchanges has exposed a glaring issue -- why don't we have a public option to compete with private health insurance profiteers?

The same could be said for banking, as well.

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PBI Bumper Stickers Are Here!

Have you ever found yourself in traffic, behind a car that had a message on its bumper so profound that you wanted to step out of your car to give the other driver a high-five?

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Public Banking Beat - August 17th, 2016

Are you curious about how other PBI activists are advancing the public banking message in their communities?  Check out these updates from our North Carolina and Canada affiliates.

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