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.
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.
John James (R): Unknown.
Debbie Stabenow (D): Yes. FCC decision to overturn net neutrality is "terrible."
Bill Schuette (R): Unknown.
Gretchen Whitmer (D): Yes. Expand broadband. Implement net neutrality through Executive Order.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|2020 Presidential contenders on Technology:|
Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)
2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)
2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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