State of technology update
- By Civic.Com Staff
- Jan 24, 2001
Indiana: Gov. Frank O'Bannon
O'Bannon asked the legislature to continue the 21st Century Research
and Technology Fund, which has supported the research of more than 30 high-tech
companies working with state universities. The governor said the economic
development fund needs $50 million during the next two years.
To address the needs of Indiana workers, O'Bannon urged continued support
for training programs in high-tech fields. "Through the new Skills 2016
Program, we will take our state training programs to a new level,'' he said
in his Jan. 17 speech.
Maine: Gov. Angus King
In his Jan. 23 speech, King challenged his state to become "the most
technologically capable society on Earth" to attract high-paying jobs.
The governor said that expanding last year's proposal to provide laptops
for all seventh-graders would mark Maine as a technology leader. "Two percent
of our kids use computers every day in school and when they get out and
go to work, 70 percent will be using them. What's wrong with this picture?"
King said. ["Maine Proposes Laptops for Students," civic.com, April 2000]
He said a state task force has improved his original laptop plan by
proposing the use of thin-client devices instead of regular laptops. The
first phase of the plan calls for equipping every seventh- and eighth-grade
student and teacher with a digital device.
School access to the Internet will be provided through the Maine School
and Library Network, which will have software to filter inappropriate content,
Massachusetts: Gov. Paul Cellucci
In his Jan. 17 speech, Cellucci cited electronic government as one of
five key investment priorities. "Massachusetts ought to be in the e-government
vanguard,'' he said. To improve electronic government service, the state
will choose a new Web address for the state portal, make the Web site easier
to navigate, launch a campaign to educate citizens and businesses about
information and transactions available online, and enhance privacy protection,
Another priority, education, includes aid to help school districts pay
for computer technology.