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The Bank of North Dakota — the nation's only state-owned bank — might seem to be a relic. It was the brainchild of a failed flax farmer and one-time Socialist Party organizer during World War I.
But now officials in other states are wondering if it is helping North Dakota sail through the national recession.
Gubernatorial candidates in Florida and Oregon and a Washington state legislator are advocating the creation of state-owned banks in those states. A report prepared for a Vermont House committee last month said the idea had "considerable merit." Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore promotes the bank on his Web site.
"There's a lot of hurt out there, a lot of states that are in trouble, and they're tying the Bank of North Dakota together with this economic success that we're having right now," said the bank's president, Eric Hardmeyer.
Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
reply to post by Misoir
I can support a state run Bank... Like the Bank of Ohio, as long as there is friendly completion and the Citizens of Ohio are the shareholders...
They say this would actually help small businesses and others looking for loans which corporate banks won't hand out.
They also say it would really piss off the corporate banks because they would have extremely tough competion which they could not compete