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Published on Aug 20, 2009
Call Arnold Schwarzenegger (916) 445- 2841 (213) 897- 0322 North Dakota is one of only two states that are currently able to meet their budgets, and it has the lowest rate of unemployment in the country. The secret of its success is that it is the ONLY STATE THAT OWNS ITS OWN BANK. For 90 years, all the state's revenues have gone into the Bank of North Dakota (BND), which then leverages these deposits into many times that sum in loans, as all banks are legally allowed to do. The BND is a great model for California and others state, county and city governments to follow in forming their own banks, as the legislation has been well established for many decades. The BND is not at the mercy of Wall Street but is controlled locally, serving to protect North Dakota from the credit freeze and from the need to sell off its precious resources.