Below are a list of resources you can use if you are planning on speaking at your town meeting about the article to urge the legislature to create a state bank
Our efforts have borne fruit! Through the work of many people we have been able to get an article asking supporting the creation of a state bank on the town meeting warning in 20 towns: Bakersfield, Barnet, Berlin, Calais, Craftsbury, East Montpelier, Enosburg, Fayston, Greensboro, Marlboro, Montpelier, Plainfield, Putney, Randolph, Rochester, Royalton, Ryegate, Tunbridge, Waitsfield, and Warren. We are still waiting to here from others about their efforts so there might be more. In addition to the town meeting articles, Bill Doyle has agreed to put a question on his annual survey asking people if they support a state bank, so people in every town will have a chance to weigh in on the question
Between now and town meeting day we need to make sure we are prepared to talk about the article and be able to answer questions that may arise from the floor of the meeting. It will make a real impression on legislators if we can get this passed in all the towns that are taking up the question. The Gund Institute Study, Exploring Public Banking in Vermont is something that should be read closely by those who are leaders of the petition efforts. There is more information on this site and at the Vermonters For a New Economy Website.
We thank all those who were involved in the efforts to get petition signatures
There are also links below to tools which can be helpful
Answers to questions you may have or may be asked about a state bank
An easy to understand, basic explanation of the way banking works by policy research and writer Tom Sgouros
12 page supplement from the April 4, 2013 edition of Montpelier’s The Bridge newspaper which provides an in depth look at the vision of Vermonters for a New Economy