Will 2021 Be Public Banking’s Watershed Moment? | The Most Revolutionary Act


In the 2020 crisis, North Dakota [thanks to the state-owned Bank of North Dakota] shone again, leading the nation in getting funds into the hands of workers and small businesses. Unemployment benefits were distributed in North Dakota faster than in any other state, and small businesses secured more Payroll Protection Program funds per worker than in any other state.


Just over two months into the new year, 2021 has already seen a flurry of public banking activity.Sixteennew bills to form publicly-owned banks or facilitate their formation were introduced in eight U.S. states in January and February. Two bills for a state-owned bank were introduced in New Mexico, …