public banking

Gotham Gazette Opinion — Here’s something that might surprise you: Almost all of the $100 billion in revenue New York City will collect this year to pay for schools, buses, and other public services will be deposited in three big banks – JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citi. That’s because New York State requires local governments to put our public funds in banks, essentially handing Wall Street a lucrative monopoly that it has lobbied to uphold for more than a century.

City & State NY Opinion – Last month, New York’s Climate Action Council voted to approve a framework for meeting goals mandated in the state’s landmark 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The plan recommends ambitious policy changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in the next seven years and 85% by 2050. Now, it’s up to Gov. Hochul, the Legislature, and state agencies to implement the plan. 

Yes! — With $10 trillion in assets at their collective disposal, big banks like Chase and Wells Fargo could do a lot of good. Yet, despite being “too big to fail,” these banks fail people every day. Whether it’s the persistent use of predatory practices, their enduring discrimination, or their insistent investment in exploitative and extractive industries, these formidable financial institutions have a corrosive influence on our country.