State of Maine Archives: on Technology


Janet Mills: Proposes $15 million to expand broadband

High-speed internet is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Increasing access to high speed internet will allow our businesses to expand and allow all people to connect with schools, health care providers and markets around the country and around the world. This session, I propose that the Legislature fund $15 million to expand broadband for Maine people and businesses. We can no longer afford to wait.
Source: 2020 Maine State of the State address Jan 21, 2020

Janet Mills: $2M for broadband; $5M for rural development

To expand the economy, the budget:Our Department of Economic and Community Development looks forward to leading in the creation of a long range economic plan for our state.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Maine legislature Feb 11, 2019

Eric Brakey: Net Neutrality is heavy-handed government control

Net Neutrality: Support requiring internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Brakey: No. Avoid "heavy-handed government controls."

King: Yes. Ending net neutrality will "deprive Americans of open & equal access."

Ringelstein: Yes. Create federal law protecting net neutrality.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maine Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Janet Mills: Loss of net neutrality is a giveaway to huge corporations

Net Neutrality: Support requiring internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Mills: Yes. "Rollback of net neutrality is a transparent giveaway to a few huge corporations."

Moody: Unknown.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maine Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Zak Ringelstein: Create federal law protecting net neutrality

Net Neutrality: Support requiring internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Brakey: No. Avoid "heavy-handed government controls."

King: Yes. Ending net neutrality will "deprive Americans of open & equal access."

Ringelstein: Yes. Create federal law protecting net neutrality.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maine Senate race Nov 1, 2018

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

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