State of Arizona Archives: on Technology


Doug Ducey: Arizona needs to embrace new technology

Last year, state government finally entered the 21st century--just 15 years late.>[?We've allowed inventors at TechShop in Chandler greater freedom to crowdfund, and ended sting operations against ridesharing by overzealous state regulators-- we've embraced innovation, and we're not done yet. More than 40 million passengers enter our state through Sky Harbor International Airport every year. But you can't order an Uber or Lyft because unelected bureaucrats are protecting special interests.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Arizona legislature Jan 11, 2016

John McCain: I don't use email so I won't write things I later regret

Amidst the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a personal email address and server during her time as secretary of state, Sen. John McCain confirmed that he has opted out of using email altogether: "Well, you know that from time to time I get a little emotional. I'm afraid that if I was emailing, given my solid, always calm temperament that I might email something that I might regret," he continued, adding that he prefers to use the phone and Twitter. "You could send out an email that you would regret later on and would be maybe taken out of context," McCain said. "And frankly, I don't have any trouble communicating with my constituents without it."

Of course, it's also possible to say things on Twitter that you later regret, like, perhaps this tweet McCain sent out back in 2012:"Good pic of my son Jimmy's bulldog, Apollo--I'm sorry Mr. President, he's not on the menu!" [@SenJohnMcCain 19 Apr 2012]

Source: Mediaite.com "Use Email," on 2016 Arizona Senate race Mar 5, 2015

Jan Brewer: Boost AZ's business competitiveness in technology sector

I firmly believe in this great state of Arizona, in our ability to address our challenges and to be successful in pursuing tomorrow's potential. What we are doing today will set the tone for Arizona's economy and job creation for years. Our future quality of life depends on today's decisions. This year I am calling on the Legislature to approve a package to further boost Arizona's business competitiveness, particularly in technology and manufacturing sectors, which bring high--paying jobs. Arizona, for example, is one of the few states that impose a sales tax on manufacturers for the power used to create their products. That puts our current manufacturers--and ones we hope to recruit--at a disadvantage. I'm asking you to send me legislation to eliminate this tax and increase Arizona's competitive edge! We recognize that manufacturing is more than just an industry--it is a mighty engine of healthy job creation. Arizona can be even more competitive.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Arizona legislature Jan 13, 2014

Fred DuVal: Sales tax application across Internet

Q: You mentioned "antiquated taxes and antiquated exemptions"?

A: I think we need to bring our overall system into the 21st century. And as part of that, we have to look at sales-tax application across Internet and other forms of taxation to make sure we are being smart and fair and building for the future.

Q: That's no easy task when you need a 2/3 vote of approval from the Legislature to raise any taxes.

A: That's exactly right. In the short term, we can anticipate--it has been Arizona's story in the past--that we go through growth years and contraction years. And what we really need to do is leverage the growth years into smart investments, but do it in a way that does not set us up for a recession and then a contraction, but a more measured and longer term sustainable strategy that both parties can agree on so that we send people a signal that we have a strategy for the long term.

Source: Tucson Weekly Q&A on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Apr 25, 2013

Richard Carmona: Criticized Bush for placing politics ahead of science

Richard Carmona built dual careers in medicine and law enforcement, including work as a trauma surgeon and health-care administrator and as a deputy in the Pima County Sheriff's Department. He was named surgeon general in 2002 and served one term. At a 2007 congressional hearing, he strongly criticized the Bush administration for placing political considerations ahead of scientific ones.
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 3, 2012

Janet Napolitano: 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

Janet Napolitano: 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

Jane Dee Hull: Targeted tax cuts to attract high-tech companies

I propose that our tax cuts build upon our success in creating high-paying jobs. In particular, I suggest that we: Target a tax cut to high tech companies. They bring wealth into our state through their exports and create quality jobs. I also suggest that we lower our insurance premium tax by 15 percent, to return it to a level that is competitive with other western states.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature Jan 8, 2001

John McCain: Make Internet tax moratorium permanent

McCAIN [to Hatch]: Orrin, you & I have worked on a couple very important pieces of legislation in the past few years. One of them is the Y2K Product Liability Reform Act, which was very important to keep us from experiencing a flood of litigation as a result of the year 2000. The other one was the Internet Tax Moratorium Act. As you know, this was stoutly resisted by governors, Republican governors as well. Donít you think we ought to make the Internet tax moratorium permanent?

HATCH: Yeah, we ought to do it because itís far overblown to think that people buying over the Internet is going to [hurt store sales]. But we [should] be encouraging one of the most important innovations in the history of the world, the Internet. And Iíll tell you what Iím worried about: the almighty hand of the federal government coming in & oppressing the Internet & stifling innovation and creativity. We want to keep governmentís mitts off as much as we can. And if we do, weíll reap the benefits from it.

Source: (cross-ref. to Hatch) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Orrin Hatch: Keep governmentís mitts off the Internet

McCAIN [to Hatch]: Orrin, you & I have worked on a couple very important pieces of legislation in the past few years. One of them is the Y2K Product Liability Reform Act, which was very important to keep us from experiencing a flood of litigation as a result of the year 2000. The other one was the Internet Tax Moratorium Act. As you know, this was stoutly resisted by governors, Republican governors as well. Donít you think we ought to make the Internet tax moratorium permanent?

HATCH: Yeah, we ought to do it because itís far overblown to think that people buying over the Internet is going to [hurt store sales]. But we [should] be encouraging one of the most important innovations in the history of the world, the Internet. And Iíll tell you what Iím worried about: the almighty hand of the federal government coming in & oppressing the Internet & stifling innovation and creativity. We want to keep governmentís mitts off as much as we can. And if we do, weíll reap the benefits from it.

Source: (cross-ref. from McCain) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

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