State of technology update
- By Civic.Com Staff
- Jan 29, 2001
Montana: Gov. Judy Martz
In her first State of the State address, Martz touched on several areas
in which government is using information technology better. She praised
the $26-million restoration of the capitol, which included wiring the building
to handle modern telecommunications and computer network requirements. The
new infrastructure makes it possible for legislators to use the Legislative Automated Workflow System and enables the public to track proceedings
online, she said.
She also said tax credits provided in the Advanced Telecommunications
Infrastructure Act, passed in the last legislative session, are helping
to bring high-speed Internet access to remote communities. "Elimination
of geography as a business issue means more and better jobs for Montanans
statewide," she said in her Jan. 25 address. Martz said she also plans to
continue development of the Criminal Justice Information System. "Sharing
that information between agencies, between branches of government, will
score a major victory for public safety," she said.
As for electronic government, Martz said Montana needs to make sure
new services are well- publicized so that residents can take advantage of
Ohio: Gov. Bob Taft
Although agencies are being asked to reduce spending by as much as 4
percent, Ohio will continue to invest money in high-technology economic
development and education, Taft said in his Jan. 24 speech. The slowing
economy only reinforces the need to foster new businesses, he said.
Taft proposed three ways to spur growth in the technology industry:
Spend $40 million to support research and development in biotechnology,
nanotechnology and information technology; give new high-tech firms a three-year
break on taxes; and fund the Appalachian New Economy Partnership to increase
IT skills and to provide assistance for start-up companies in the region.
Ohio also must continue to invest in education to ensure that graduates
have the skills they need to compete in the workforce, he said. More than
50 percent of new spending will be earmarked for education. Taft wants to
use technology to expand resources for students and teachers. A plan calls
for expanding students' access to online Advanced Placement courses in districts
where AP courses are not otherwise available.
Texas: Gov. Rick Perry
In his Jan. 24 speech, Perry recommended creating a technology scholarship
to increase the number of computer science and engineering graduates and
reduce the shortage of skilled technology workers.
Perry also said he wanted to increase the allotment for technology in
public schools by $35 per student "so more students can learn their lessons
using the tools of tomorrow." He cited William B. Travis High School, a
school on the south side of Austin with a large minority enrollment. Through
the work of a technology coordinator and corporate sponsors, the school
gives students access to wireless Internet, multimedia and teleproduction
"By transforming education through technology, learning has become more
fun and interesting, stimulating the intellectual curiosity of the students
and advancing the idea that life is full of limitless possibilities," Perry