State of Maine Archives: on Technology


Eliot Cutler: Invest capital in our backbone infrastructure

Sound investments in our backbone infrastructure of roads, bridges, railroads and ports will allow us to make the most of our competitive advantages and spark economic activity and growth. A capital budgeting process will make it more likely that the decisions about which investments to make are less political and more strategic.
Source: 2014 gubernatorial campaign website, CutlerForMaine.com Dec 31, 2013

Shenna Bellows: "Total Information Awareness" undermines our democracy

Q: Where would you draw the line on whom the US should be spying on?

A: I support measures to repeal the Patriot Act and prohibit the NSA from engaging in bulk data collection. The federal government should only be gathering information about Americans when there are specific and articulable facts that are actually relevant to a terrorism investigation.

Q: Are there categories of foreign leaders that you think it is appropriate for the US government to be surveiling?

A: I think we need a paradigm shift in our surveillance--in our approach to surveillance. For the last decade, policymakers in Washington have trampled on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, creating a constitutional crisis. This paradigm of "Total Information Awareness" undermines our democracy and threatens international relations. We need a Church Committee-style investigation into the nature and extent of our surveillance practices. And we need meaningful reforms to restore our constitutional freedoms and restore our trust.

Source: Salon.com on 2014 Maine Senate debate, "Snowden" Oct 30, 2013

Paul LePage: New website to see how Maine tax dollars are spent

I am pleased to announce that in the coming days we will launch a new website that will enable Mainers to see how their precious tax dollars are spent.

My administration also launched a "Business Friendly Communities" initiative. The program works with our towns and cities to make them "Open for Business." Eighteen Maine communities are now designated as business-friendly. These reforms are a small step in making Maine a better place to live and raise our families.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Maine Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Angus King: High-speed Internet connection for rural parts of Maine

I am announcing tonight that this winter, Maine really goes on-line. To anyone who has waited for an Internet site to open or a file to download, the key is speed and the key to speed is something called bandwidth-the size of the “pipe” that carries the phenomenal resources of the Internet to our homes and businesses. In the age of e-commerce, bandwidth is the essential commodity. Just as the roads and railroads defined economic opportunity a century ago, these wires or the lack of them - will spell the economic difference between businesses, towns, and states in the new century.

And tonight, we’re hitting the bandwidth jackpot. First, Time Warner is extending their cable-based high speed internet service, called Roadrunner to northern Maine, the first time Roadrunner has been deployed outside an urban area anywhere in the country. For the rest of the state, Bell Atlantic will be bringing to Maine their own high speed Internet service over ordinary phone wires-called DSL-within the next month.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Maine legislature Jan 24, 2001

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