Joanna Herlihy, 1934-2019

Our group has lost one of its founding members: Joanna Herlihy, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who passed away at home on November 29. As a public banking advocate she was instrumental in moving us from our early focus on a public bank for Boston to our current...

“MA Should Join CA, ND, in Starting a Public Bank”

Couldn’t agree more with this column by Jason Pramas in DigBoston! Jason quotes our “Clear Case for a Public Infrastructure Bank” document, which lays out some of the documented problems with Massachusetts’s roads, bridges, tunnels and water...

Dueling CA columnists pan and praise public banking

This opinion piece, “Myths about Wall Street Banks,” is author and public banking activist Rick Girling’s reply to an article critical of the California public banking movement entitled “Myths about LA’s Public Banks,” by Jack...

Public bank potential rests on building a movement

A little-known fact, especially in the US: a quarter of all banks are state-owned public banks. Yet not all of them operate effectively, equitably, or in response to the needs of the people they ostensibly serve. The potential of public banks to work for the benefit...

An informal survey finds interest in infrastructure

David Art, publisher of MASSterList, an extremely useful daily digest of Massachusetts political and policy news, events, and jobs, recently sent out a survey to readers, and among the questions was one on priorities for the Baker administration. Art notes… “We...