State of Michigan Archives: on Technology

Mike Parson: $5 million investment to expand and improve broadband

We must capitalize on Missouri's strategic location in the center of the nation and build on the opportunity to become a powerful logistics hub not only for the Midwest and the United States, but for all of North America. We are very excited about the new shipping technology that could create a corridor straight through Missouri into the heart of the country. This is why we are calling for a $6.3 million dollar investment in shovel-ready projects at Missouri's established ports.

When we talk about infrastructure, we often think about transportation but equally important is access to high-speed broadband. We have made great strides in the past few years. However, 2020 exposed many digital gaps, highlighting the importance of ensuring high-speed internet in all areas of Missouri which is why this year, I am once again asking for a $5 million dollar investment to expand and improve broadband services across the state.

Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Michigan legislature Jan 27, 2021

John James: Broadband access to everyone, not just big cities

James: We must also ensure broadband and internet access is available to those in rural areas. New opportunities to work from home and new technology to virtually visit family members require high internet speed. We must expand access to everyone in Michigan--rural areas, not just big cities.
Source: AARP Survey on 2020 Michigan Senate race Oct 9, 2020

Gretchen Whitmer: Will act on infrastructure if legislature won't

Michigan roads are among the most beat up and dangerous in the country. We can't ask businesses to invest in Michigan if we refuse to invest in ourselves. I will ask the State Transportation Commission to issue state road bonds, so we can start fixing the roads now.

My Rebuilding Michigan plan is financed without an increase at the gas pump, and it will do three things: save time, money, and lives. Since it doesn't require the legislature to act, we can get started right away. That's important.

Source: 2020 Michigan State of the State address Jan 29, 2020

Debbie Stabenow: Supports net neutrality

Q: Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

John James (R): Unknown.

Debbie Stabenow (D): Yes. FCC decision to overturn net neutrality is "terrible."

Source: Issue Guide on 2018 Michigan Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Gretchen Whitmer: Expand broadband with net neutrality

Q: Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide all users equal access?

Bill Schuette (R): Unknown.

Gretchen Whitmer (D): Yes. Expand broadband. Implement net neutrality through Executive Order.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Michigan Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Abdul El-Sayed: We need $4B per year for Pure Michigan Infrastructure Bank

A campaign spokesman for El-Sayed said the state's biggest infrastructure priorities include poor roads, structurally deficient bridges, a lack of public transit, "crumbling and dangerous" drinking water systems, access to high-speed broadband internet and clean energy infrastructure.

El-Sayed generally agrees with the Snyder-appointed 21st Century Infrastructure Commission's finding that Michigan has an investment gap of $4 billion per year, the spokesman said. "Yet we differ on what's needed to make Michigan's infrastructure whole," he added. "First, we need a public infrastructure bank--our Pure Michigan Infrastructure Bank--that can keep investments in infrastructure under public control while empowering private investment. Second, the recommended investment estimates don't include the need to transition to clean energy ($0 annually). Third, suggested transportation investments skew too heavily to new road construction rather than creation of mass transit options."

Source: on 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race Mar 6, 2018

Bill Schuette: Invest in infrastructure but vows to lower taxes

"AG Schuette believes we need increased investment in our roads and bridges," a campaign spokesman said. "It is a huge priority now and for our future." Schuette did not address how much more money is needed to repair roads or other infrastructure. He did not say where this additional money would come from, nor reconcile his call for "increased investment" in roads with his campaign pledge to lower taxes, which would likely leave less state revenue for road repair.
Source: The Michigan Bridge on 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race Mar 6, 2018

Gretchen Whitmer: We need $3B per year for inadequate infrastructure

Whitmer said access to clean, safe drinking water and roads and bridges in good condition are priorities. "As governor, I will capitalize the state infrastructure bank and task a permanent state infrastructure advisory council with creating comprehensive, coordinated planning," she said. "Together, we're going to put thousands of Michiganders to work rebuilding our roads, updating our electrical & heating grids and ensuring that everyone has access to clean water & high-speed internet."

Whitmer said current funding levels for infrastructure are inadequate, and that she would begin to address the $4 billion annual funding gap ("far & away the reason why our roads are so dangerous," she said) identified by the infrastructure commission by investing an extra $3 billion per year up front.

"Recent plans rely on future legislators to pull funding from the state's general fund to make less than adequate investments in infrastructure," she said. "It's a flawed plan that will not work."

Source: on 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race Mar 6, 2018

John James: Repair of infrastructure is stepping stone to the future

Pot holes and blighted buildings have no place in Michigan's future. I will work to ensure an infrastructure package that is more than simply repairing our legacy but building our future.
Source: 2018 Michigan Senate campaign website Mar 2, 2018

Rick Snyder: Invest billions to address risk of aging infrastructure

We know infrastructure is a huge challenge not just in Flint, but we saw what happened in Fraser with the sink hole. We are at risk in every corner of Michigan for aging infrastructure and we cannot take this for granted. Michigan residents deserve safe, reliable, sustainable infrastructure. That's why I created the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission last year. The commission did tremendous work, they looked for best practice not just in our country but around the world. They concluded that we need to invest more. We need to literally invest billions of dollars of new investment over the next several decades. We need to look at all public and private sources for this, including fees, taxes, grants, bonds. We need to start now working on this issue and we need to stay committed to it.
Source: 2017 Michigan State of the State address Jan 17, 2017

Heritage Foundation: FHA highway funds are skewed because strings are attached

FHA data suggests that, in 2012, only four states--Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Utah--got back less than $1 for highway funding for every $1 the state's residents paid in federal highway gasoline taxes. So why complain?

Proponents of the Transportation Empowerment Act, such as the conservative Heritage Foundation, argue that the return-on-investment data from the FHA is skewed because the federal money comes with strings attached, namely requirements to pay laborers locally prevailing wages and to comply with federal environmental impact laws. Some conservatives argue such requirements add undue costs to projects, although the degree is a matter of some debate.

The federal dollars also "cannot be used for routine maintenance such as filling potholes or removing snow." Land's ad specifically shows images of potholes, and it's true that the state cannot spend federal money to fix them. Every state tacks on its own gasoline tax, which can be used on routine maintenance.

Source: PacWatch on 2014 Michigan Senate debate Aug 29, 2014

Mark Schauer: Restore tax incentives for high-tech businesses

Mark has a long track record of working personally with small businesses to keep and create jobs for Michigan workers. While Gov. Snyder has unilaterally disarmed in the race for jobs by abandoning tax incentives for high-tech businesses, Mark will ensure our economic development officials have the tools they need to compete for new jobs.
Source: 2014 Michigan gubernatorial campaign website Dec 20, 2013

Rick Snyder: Take leadership role in cyber defense and development

The benefits of online technology are enormous. Unfortunately, attacks on our personal safety and economic security through the Internet continue to grow and expand. Michigan is taking a leadership role with regard to protecting the vulnerable ecosystem in the cyber world, and in accelerating the economic development and growth of the cybersecurity industry. Our new action plan will help defend Michigan against cyber attacks allow us to look into opportunities in the growing cybersecurity industry.
Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #263758 Oct 7, 2011

Rick Snyder: Census figures reinforce need for aggressive administration

The 2010 census figures clearly show how crucial it is to reinvent Michigan. Our expectations need to reflect today's realities. This is why my administration has aggressively laid out an agenda based on fiscal discipline, meaningful tax reform and regional cooperation

We cannot successfully transition to the 'New Michigan' if young, talented workers leave our state. By the same token, Michigan will not succeed if major cities don't succeed. We all must be partners in Michigan's reinvention.

Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #253071 Mar 22, 2011

Rick Wade: Double the budget for basic scientific research

To deny government's important, complementary role in growing our economy is to deny history. Take basic research, for example.

We may have seen the Internet come of age in Silicon Valley, but it first came to life in the labs of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The folks at Tempur-Pedic have given us mattresses using technology that was first developed by NASA.

President Obama understands that funding this type of basic government and university research, which might be too risky or expensive for the private sector, is vital to our economic future. That is why he has called for doubling the budgets of research agencies such as the National Science Foundation. His 2011 budget increases funding for civilian R&D by $3.7 billion, or nearly 6%. This illustrates his broader approach to setting this country on a path for long-term economic growth. This administration is trying to rebuild the physical and the regulatory infrastructure that private sector businesses need to thrive.

Source: Remarks at US Regional Business Tour, Battle Creek, Michigan Apr 6, 2010

John McCain: Donít police Internet crime; go after money to reduce crime

Q: Would you police the Internet culturally, such as for predators & pornography?

A: Absolutely not, but I also want to point out this Internet child pornography is a terrible evil. Itís got to be addressed. And everybody knows the way you stop it is go after the money.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Mike Huckabee: Air tech is Jetsons but air traffic control is Flintstones

Q: How do you fix airline travel in this country?

A: Well, as president, that would be one of the first things Iíd like to do, since Iíve spent most of my year on an airline this entire time. First of all, weíve got to have the kind of technology on the ground that we have in the cockpit. Weíve got Jetsons-level technology thatís running the cockpit; we have the Flintstones technology on the ground thatís controlling the airplanes. And itís ridiculous. And the second thing, weíve got an incredibly archaic method of the controls where you have incredible traffic coming in to key hubs. I donít want to re-regulate the industry, but the industryís going to have to start either getting in the program--and one thing theyíve got to stop doing is holding the passengers hostage on airplanes for hours and hours without any way of being able to get off those planes. And part of it, I think, is letís make sure that the consumer gets a voice in what happens. And itís got to be a priority.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Police the Internet, but donít tax the Internet

Q: How would you police the Internet culturally, such as with predators & pornography?

A: I think itís the new serious area of crime thatís emerging. First of all, letís separate the economics from the safety and security, like we have to do with free trade agreements; that we should not tax the Internet. There are people who are proposing taxing the Internet. Thatíd be a really, really big mistake. We should police the Internet in that we should make sure that child predators arenít taking advantage of the Internet. There are a lot of good state and local law enforcement efforts in that regard. I think a task force between the federal government and state and local governments, in order to police it, to share information--those are the kinds of things that we have to do.

Q: Should we have an FCC-style agency for the Internet?

A: If it becomes worse--Iím not big on setting up new agencies. Iím sort of bigger on making the ones that we have work.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Sam Brownback: Cut the Advanced Technology Program; itís corporate welfare

Q: So name one program you would cut.

A: Advanced Technology Program would be a good one to start with. It goes towards high-end spending, corporate welfare programs. Thereís an abundance of those. Thatís why you got to change the system, so that it regularly requires a vote of Congress on things to cut. Thatís whatíll actually reduce spending.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

John Engler: Establish ďCybercourtĒ to resolve disputes on-line & quickly

Done correctly, Americaís first Cybercourt will make the Next Michigan uniquely attractive to the next generation of technology-driven companies. The Next Michigan has the potential to be to technology companies what Delaware has been to public corporations.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Michigan legislature Jan 31, 2001

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