Howard Dean on Technology
Former VT Governor; Former Democratic Candidate for President
Infrastructure requires immediate attention--being ignored
There are some areas of our economy that require immediate attention and that are being ignored. Our infrastructure is one. At a time when the president has asked Congress for $87 billion to help rebuild Iraq, our school buildings [are crumbling];
there are 2,600 unsafe dams in the country; and a quarter of the bridges are in bad repair.
Instead of the reckless economic agenda this administration has pursued, I believe we need to focus on creating jobs, balancing the budget,
and ensuring that working Americans can make ends meet. To create jobs, we've got to invest again, not just in infrastructure but in the research and development of the industries that will propel this country to the future, from broadband to biotech.
And we need a special focus on small business, which is the single biggest engine of job creation. Small businesses stay in their communities, they don't move overseas.
Source: Winning Back America, by Howard Dean, p.153-4
Dec 3, 2003
The Internet will become a key player in political debate.
I believe that the Web is now proving to be a particularly valuable tool for people engaged positively in the political process. The Internet is interactive; the internet is a genuine forum for debate.
People have talk radio on in the background; they log on to the Internet and participate.
Source: Winning Back America, by Howard Dean, p.117
Dec 3, 2003
Bush spends money on Iraq while US infrastructure crumbles
There are areas of our economy that require immediate attention and that are being ignored. Our infrastructure is one. At a time when the president has gone to congress to ask for $87 billion to help rebuild Iraq, the American Society of Civil Engineers
issued a report on the American infrastructure. Our school buildings were given a grade of D-, our roads a D+. There are twenty-six hundred unsafe dams in the country, and a quarter of the bridges are in bad repair.
Source: Winning Back America, by Howard Dean, p.153
Dec 3, 2003
Maintain space shuttle & begin manned flights to Mars
Q: What are your plans for NASA?
A: Howard Dean: I am a strong supporter of NASA and every government program that furthers scientific research.
I don't think we should close the shuttle program but I do believe that we should aggressively begin a program to have manned flights to Mars. This of course assumes that we can change Presidents so we can have a balanced budget again.
Source: Concord Monitor / WashingtonPost.com on-line Q&A
Nov 6, 2003
Invest in rural broadband to replace lost farm jobs
I do want to invest in infrastructure. I want to build schools. The worst 10% of our schools need federal help to be reconstructed. I want to rebuild our infrastructure and transportation. I want to put broadband in rural economies so we can have a
rural economy again. We're not going to get those agriculture jobs back. We need jobs and this president with his supply-side economics is going to shift all of our jobs someplace else in this world, and we need them here in America.
Source: AFSCME union debate in Iowa
May 17, 2003
Cooperate with Canada on regional info tech workforce.
Dean signed the New England Governors' Conference resolution:
Source: NEG/ECP Resolution 26-6: Joint Information Workforce 01-NEGC6 on Aug 28, 2001
- WHEREAS, New England and Eastern Canada have among the highest concentration of information technology workers in the nation, with major specializations in high skill, high wage information technology occupations, which are integral for the region’s high tech computer, electronics, e-commerce and communications sectors, as well as other industries such as finance, insurance and manufacturing; and
- WHEREAS, the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP) Knowledge Industry Innovators’ Forum recognizes the importance of continuing to build the skills of its workforce in information technology to strengthen its ability to compete and sustain the long-term economic growth of the knowledge economy; and
- WHEREAS, the NEG-ECP recognizes the importance of the ability to predict and respond to the changing information technology workforce needs will be critical to maximizing opportunities to develop the region’s
knowledge economy in the future;
- NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the NEG-ECP will cooperate in addressing regional information technology workforce needs to enhance and build upon state and provincial initiatives already underway; and
- BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference task a group of key knowledge industry stakeholders to work together to identify appropriate actions to:
- Identify, develop and promote the adoption of appropriate skill standards and assessment tools to ensure the region’s education and training institutions and their graduates are recognized internationally for excellence;
- Improve regional information technology workforce projections and analysis initiatives in order to better anticipate and adapt to the changing needs of the knowledge economy; and
- Develop networks and share best practices on a regional basis, and to meet annually to discuss key issues.
Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax.
Dean adopted a letter to Congress from 44 Governors:
The nation’s governors have a strong and unified message to Congress: deal fairly with Main Street retailers, consumers, and local governments. In a letter sent to all members of Congress late Friday, 44 governors said:
If you care about a level playing field for Main Street retail businesses and local control of states, local governments, and schools, extend the moratorium on taxing Internet access ONLY with authorization for the states to streamline and simplify the existing sales tax system. To do otherwise perpetuates a fundamental inequity and ignores a growing problem. The current moratorium on Internet access taxes, like those consumers pay to Internet service providers, and multiple and discriminatory taxes is scheduled to expire in October. The moratorium does not apply to sales taxes.
Currently, sales and use taxes are owed on all online transactions, but states are prohibited from requiring “remote sellers” to collect and remit those levies.
A 1992 US Supreme Court decision said states can only require sellers that have a physical presence in the same state as the consumer to collect so-called use taxes. In instances when a seller does not have a physical presence, consumers are required to calculate and remit the taxes owed to their home states at the end of the year. The problem is most people are unaware that they’re supposed to pay, and states lack an effective enforcement mechanism. Online and catalog sellers, thereby, have a significant price advantage over Main Street businesses that must collect a sales tax on all transactions.
The loophole creates serious budget problems for schools, states, and local governments. A study estimated that states could lose as much as $14 billion by 2004 if they are unable to collect existing taxes on Web-based sales. Nearly half of state revenues come from sales taxes.
Source: NGA Press Release, "Level Playing Field" 01-NGA18 on Aug 20, 2001
Create International Northern and Biotechnology Corridor.
Dean signed the New England Governors' Conference resolution:
Source: NEG/ECP Resolution 23-6: Biotechology Corridor 98-NEGC6 on Jun 9, 1998
- WHEREAS, the biotechnology industry already contributes substantially to Northeast economies and is rapidly expanding; and
- WHEREAS, a common interest has emerged among New England States and Eastern Canadian Provinces to promote cooperation in biotechnology; and
- WHEREAS, certain activities, information exchanges, and initiatives originating in individual states and provinces can be shared by all jurisdictions synergistically; and
- WHEREAS, such efforts should be coordinated to optimize the returns on public investments; and
- WHEREAS, there is common agreement among jurisdictional governmental and biotechnology leaders that a coordinating structure should be created;
- NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers support the creation of an International Northern and Biotechnology Corridor to promote biotechnology developments withing the region.
- BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Conference, through the Secretariats, establish a coordinating mechanism to move the initiative forward and that a progress report be presented to the Conference at its 1999 meeting.