State of technology update
- By Civic.Com Staff
- Feb 11, 2001
Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Ridge
"Greatness requires that government be fluent in the language of technology,"
Ridge said early in his Feb. 6 speech. He cited many examples, including
more than $46 million in the budget for the government's technological infrastructure.
Ridge mentioned a three-year project to streamline accounting, budgeting,
payroll and other core functions of government. The state also invested
$50 million to install computers in 1,100 State Police patrol cars, an effort
Ridge said would be like "deploying an extra 200 troopers on the streets
The governor also pointed to these accomplishments: a partnership with
Microsoft Corp. to standardize software for 40,000 state computer users
that's saved $9 million; the PAPowerPort Web site; and converting public
TV stations to digital.
Ridge also promised to look at how technology and the Internet can play
a role in elections. He said the Department of State is partnering with
Cumberland County on an online voting project.
Rhode Island: Gov. Lincoln Almond
Focusing on the economy in his Feb. 5 speech, Almond said the state
must build its workforce, specifically for information technology jobs.
He suggested linking the state's Human Resources Investment Council
with institutions of higher education and with members of the technology
industry to establish an Information Technology Center at the Community
College of Rhode Island. He proposed $525,000 to fund it. The venture would
create a statewide network to develop a pool of employees for the technology
industry. "Whether you're a high school senior, whether you're a welfare
recipient or whether you're looking for a new job opportunity, we will assess
your abilities and refer you to the best entry point in the training network,"
As for government, Almond wants $8.4 million for e-government projects
to improve efficiency and enhance customer service. He also wants to establish
the Rhode Island E-Government Fund to pay for technology projects.
"Rhode Islanders should be able to log on to one convenient Web site
and renew their driver's license, bid on state proposals and even apply
for a new fishing license," Almond said.