Vermont and California State of State Speeches Articulate Technology-Related Programs

Wireless network, revised procurement system

by / January 7, 2004
Yesterday, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger both gave their state of the state addresses, and both mentioned -- either directly or indirectly -- new technology initiatives. Douglas said that "to help ensure the success of rural and urban employers alike, we must also build a robust technological infrastructure. Working with private-sector partners we will create a wireless network that covers all of our major transportation arteries, and extend broadband Internet access to 90 percent of our homes and businesses by 2007."

Schwarzenegger said California's executive branch was "a mastodon frozen in time and about as responsive." He said the state's purchasing program was "archaic and expensive," and called for its modernization, saying he planned "a total review of government -- its performance, its practices, its cost."
Wayne Hanson

Wayne E. Hanson served as a writer and editor with e.Republic from 1989 to 2013, having worked for several business units including Government Technology magazine, the Center for Digital Government, Governing, and Digital Communities. Hanson was a juror from 1999 to 2004 with the Stockholm Challenge and Global Junior Challenge competitions in information technology and education.