State of technology update
- By Civic.Com Staff
- Feb 05, 2001
Michigan: Gov. John Engler
The governor explained his "Next Michigan" action plan during his Jan. 31
address. The plan is designed to lure start-up companies in information
technology, microsystems and the life sciences to the state. It includes
eliminating the business tax and creating a "Cybercourt" with a "rocket
docket" that speeds up proceedings in areas such as intellectual property
"In a world where we can go from idea to IPO at warp speed, we need a connected
court that can keep up," he said. The Cybercourt will feature electronic
filings, Web-based conferencing and virtual courtrooms to speed dispute
resolution, as well as tech-savvy mediators and judges.
The plan also calls for eliminating local information highway bottlenecks
and expensive access fees. He said he would begin regulatory reform to "break
the grip of these broadband bandits."
In education, the governor noted that the state is investing $110 million
for laptops, training and Internet access for teachers.
Illinois: Gov. George Ryan
In his Jan. 31 address, Ryan said the state will move forward with a new
program involving digital identities and public-key infrastructure. Over
the next 18 months, the program will enable as many as 1 million Illinois
citizens and businesses to conduct secure electronic transactions with the
state, he said.
Illinois also will develop a "$25 million statewide radio system to "improve
communications between law enforcement and public safety services," Ryan
The governor said that the Center for Digital Government ranked Illinois
fourth up from 49th in 1998 among states in e-government services. The
state recently opened the Illinois Virtual High School for distance learning.
And in 2000, Illinois created a five-year, $2 billion program, VentureTech,
to support research and development, building and laboratory construction
as well as invest in new commercial high-tech products and services.