Public Purpose Spending

The Federal Government is a currency issuer and CAN spend for the public good. Check out our library of resources help you learn more about why.​

Video / Audio: Public Purpose Spending

Check out this collection of videos and podcast episodes focused on our right to employment and basic human needs.

MMT Step by Step

Steve Grumbine explains the basics of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and the important role MMT plays in securing a progressive agenda. He explains how a nation with its own currency operates. MMT is currency analysis and how it works now.

Macro n Cheese Podcast Ep. 57 - OK, Boomer. Great Again Isn't Good Enough

It’s always a treat to welcome L. Randall Wray, one of our favorite economists and guests, to Macro n Cheese. This episode is an added treat because, in a bit of a departure, Randy talks to Steve about politics and policy, looking through the lens of MMT while putting today’s issues in a historical context.

Time to Recognize Austerity is a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Why do we not recognize economic violence? Unnecessary suffering, as well the increase in social ills, are the repercussions of Austerity Politics. All are preventable! We need to balance our economy, not the federal budget.

Written Materials: Public Purpose Spending

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Academic Publications: Public Purpose Spending

A collection of peer-reviewed white papers and working papers from our friends in the MMT academic community.

The Public Bank Solution

Globally, public banks have been found to be safer and more productive to economies than private banks. They lend counter-cyclically, providing credit when and where other banks won’t. This does not crowd out private banks. Witness Germany and Taiwan, which have strong public banking sectors, yet they are among the most competitive banking markets in the world.

An Employer of Last Resort Program for Italy: It's cheaper than you think

Public money used to contain the crisis in 2009 amounted to about $23 trillion already. To save US and EU banks alone, their governments used $14 trillion, which could have funded 20 years worth of ELR programs in these economies. At the end of the day, an ELR will always be cheaper than a lender of last resort program; and we think it is at least just as important.

H.R.748 - CARES Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

H.R.6553 - Automatic Boost to Communities Act

To direct the Secretary of the Treasury to establish the Boost Communities Program to provide monthly payments to America’s consumers during the COVID–19 emergency to recover from the emergency, and for other purposes.

H.R.7015 - Postal Preservation Act

This bill provides additional funding to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in response to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. Specifically, the bill appropriates $25 billion to the USPS for its Postal Service Fund for revenue forgone due to COVID-19 and $15 billion for its Office of Inspector General. The bill requires the USPS, during the pandemic, to prioritize the purchase of, and make available to all USPS employees and facilities, personal protective equipment and to conduct additional cleaning and sanitizing of USPS facilities and delivery vehicles.

Policy Resources: Public Purpose Spending

Links to progressive bills and proposals currently making their way through the United States Congress

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