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Janet Napolitano on Technology

Democratic AZ Governor; Designee for Secretary of Homeland Security


Invest in infrastructure: highways and school buildings

We must invest in our physical infrastructure. This is timely because it is likely that an infrastructure stimulus plan is on its way from the federal government. And it is important because we know this kind of investment creates jobs and creates wealth

Last year, I asked you to hold hearings and prepare a statewide transportation plan for referral to the ballot. Sadly, the Legislature failed to do this, and then a citizen's initiative was kept from the ballot. That citizen's initiative proposal made sense, because we will need roads, highways, rail and transit to support our growth.

But infrastructure does not stop with transportation. With my budget, I am giving you a plan for desperately needed school buildings. These new buildings will be energy efficient, they will provide an economic stimulus and they will build a legacy that is able to serve this state for decades.

Source: Arizona 2009 State of the State Address , Jan 12, 2009

New research facilities drive the high-tech economy

We authorized them to construct more than $400 million in new research facilities that will serve as incubators of innovation, creating the new knowledge that will drive the high-tech economy of the new Arizona. We referred a crucial constitutional amendment to the voters, to allow easy transfer of newly-developed technologies to private-sector development. I am confident the voters will agree that this constitutional amendment is good for Arizona.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature , Jan 12, 2004

Chief information officer to digitize federal government.

Napolitano adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Performance-Based Government
The strong anti-government sentiments of the early 1990s have subsided, but most Americans still think government is too bureaucratic, too centralized, and too inefficient.

In Washington and around the country, a second round of “reinventing government” initiatives should be launched to transform public agencies into performance-based organizations focused on bottom-line results. Many public services can be delivered on a competitive basis among public and private entities with accountability for results. Public-private partnerships should become the rule, not the exception, in delivering services. Civic and voluntary groups, including faith-based organizations, should play a larger role in addressing America’s social problems.

When the federal government provides grants to states and localities to perform public services, it should give the broadest possible administrative flexibility while demanding and rewarding specific results. Government information and services at every level should be thoroughly “digitized,” enabling citizens to conduct business with public agencies online.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC8 on Aug 1, 2000

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