SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION TO CREATE A MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC BANK
This path-breaking legislation will be a boon to our communities, especially as they reel from the impacts of the COVID-driven financial challenges and will ensure that the bank’s resources are equitably distributed across the state.
How it Works: When the state deposits a portion of state revenues into the state public bank, our tax dollars will work for our communities many times over. This is because a bank doesn’t spend its deposits. The deposits, along with the capitalization of the bank, allow the bank to make loans. That’s how banks work!
Currently the vast majority of the state’s funds are deposited in the Massachusetts Municipal Depository Trust (MMDT) which in turn invests across the country and around the world in corporate bonds such as Energy Transfer Partners, Columbia Pipeline, and Halliburton. The Massachusetts public bank will bring our tax dollars home to work for our communities. The state will not draw out funds deposited in MA local banks.
Priorities: Specifically, the MA public bank will makes loans to
help our cities and towns across the state meet their needs with affordable
financing rather than having to depend on the bond market
support small and medium-sized businesses providing livable wages,
especially in underserved communities including in our rural communities
create jobs by
o helping expand businesses and finance new businesses
o supporting cooperative business including worker-owned co-ops
o providing financing for businesses where traditional financing is not
increase available affordable housing across the state
strengthen our local state-chartered banks by joining with them to make
loans benefiting our local communities
provide further local financing by joining with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and Economic Development Corporations (EDC’s)
promote sustainable agricultural production by local farms and help address food insecurity
address the historic and current economic inequities experienced by communities of color, their neighborhoods and businesses by providing affordable loans, including to organizations working to address the results of such racial injustice
provide affordable financing to women-owned businesses and for organizations promoting women’s economic and social equity
support initiatives to mitigate the grave dangers of climate change and to promote substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
And your voice will be heard! In addition to a Board of Directors, the MA public bank will have a robust Board of Advisors and a public internet-based comments portal where your voice will be heard directly and conveyed to the BOD and CEO by the Board of Advisors.
The Board of Advisors will include persons representing organizations concerned with
small businesses particularly in underserved neighborhoods
other businesses lacking access to needed credit
sustainable agriculture and food security
climate change and green finance
interests of workers including wages and working conditions
as well as organizations representing local banks or credit unions and community development financial institutions (CDFI’s) and other community development organizations.
Getting started: The bank will be established by having the Legislature transfer $50 million/year for four years to capitalize the bank as required by the law.
Your voice is key: None of this can happen unless our state legislators hear from you ... and your friends ... and your relatives and colleagues! It is time to mobilize support for the MA Public Bank!
Important: Please use your personal, not organizational, information.