State of Missouri Archives: on Technology


Eric Greitens: Replace 1959 COBOL systems with online government

Right now, getting permits takes too long. People stand in too many lines for too many hours for too many basic services. Part of the reason for this is that our government is running on too many broken and outdated systems that make it too hard to serve the people. Some of our government's systems are still programmed using COBOL, a computer language developed in 1959.

We need a modern government that allows people to do more on-line instead of making them wait in line. We also need to remember that many essential government services, whether it's law enforcement, transportation, or education, are delivered by people.

And our best state employees are being hurt by a big bloated bureaucracy. In Indiana, they have 46 state employees per 10,000 people in their state. In Illinois, they have 47 state employees for every 10,000 people. In Ohio, they have 55. And in Missouri? We have 92 employees for every 10,000 people in our state.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Missouri Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Roy Blunt: Americans have been too willing to share their personal data

Blunt spoke about threats to cybersecurity. He has introduced legislation to improve data protection. He said afterward that stealing information has been made easier by how willing Americans have been to share their personal data. "All of us probably checked 'Agree' too many times," he said.

Blunt closed his speech saying it is "futile" to pursue security without liberty, and he suggested the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be one way to expand freedom worldwide.

Source: Columbia Missourian on 2016 Missouri Senate race Sep 14, 2015

Jay Nixon: MoBroadbandNow: Bring broadband to every corner of our state

Last year, I said that we needed to bring broadband to every corner of our state. We all know that technology drives today's job market. We live in a high-speed, digital world, where the most tech-savvy, early adapters will succeed. Soon, 88 Missouri counties will be better connected, at faster speeds, to each other and to the world. High-speed broadband will have a dramatic impact on our economy, and on our quality of life.

It will connect tens of thousands of homes in rural Missouri to a network of vital community services like fire and police, schools and hospitals, libraries and government.

The competition for federal funds was steep. But our MoBroadbandNow partnership was a stunning success. More than $260 million will be coming to Missouri, which in turn will generate tens of millions of dollars in new investment, and create thousands of new jobs.

Source: 2011 Missouri State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

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