State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Technology


Charlie Baker: Hundreds of millions to fix decades of neglect on the MBTA

We've allocated more than $700 million in local road and bridge funding--the largest investment in years. And another $3.6 billion has been spent on hundreds of road re-surfacing and improvement projects. All in we've repaired or replaced 80 bridges and paved enough miles of roadway to crisscross the Commonwealth five times.

Our public transportation system collapsed during the brutal winter of 2015. But three years later the T is investing hundreds of millions of dollars more on upgrading its core infrastructure than it has in years, modernizing its operations and rescuing projects like the Green Line Extension.

There is more to do on the T. Much more. But for the first time in years the plan to modernize the system is in place and moving forward. Fixing decades of neglect doesn't happen overnight. But make no mistake we will deliver the public transit system the people of this Commonwealth deserve.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Massachusetts legislature Jan 23, 2018

Charlie Baker: High speed wifi in Western Massachusetts

When we took office, more than 50 communities in Western Massachusetts didn't have access to high speed internet services. I first heard about this when a local official told me horror stories about what life was like without it: students who often did homework sitting in the car next to the library after hours--to get access to their wifi. That community--Mt. Everett Regional High School--c'mon; the parking lot?--now has high speed internet. And the vast majority of the communities that had none when we took office either have it now or have plans to install it. Thanks to this Legislature's help with funding for the build out they will all have this must have infrastructure over the next two years.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Massachusetts legislature Jan 23, 2018

Karyn Polito: Build out high-speed internet via local partnerships

For the past three years, Karyn Polito and I have focused on strengthening communities. Our first Executive Order created a new partnership between state and local government. Funded by the Legislature and overseen by the Lieutenant Governor, 330 cities and towns have joined this partnership. Adopting more than 800 best practices in everything from financial planning to regional collaboration. This is how government should work.

When we took office, more than 50 communities in Western Massachusetts didn't have access to high speed internet services. [Now] the vast majority of the communities that had none when we took office either have it now or have plans to install it. Thanks to this Legislature's help with funding for the build out they will all have this must have infrastructure over the next two years.

Source: Gov.Baker's 2018 Massachusetts State of the State speech Jan 23, 2018

Setti Warren: Supports MBTA extension plus high-speed East-West Rail

Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Dec 20, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Don't just re-arrange deck chairs on Transportation Titanic

It's time to get serious about our transportation system. We need a Governor who will be honest about what needs to be done, and who will be courageous enough to do it. If all we do is rearrange the chairs on the deck of the Transportation Titanic, all we will get is more efficient seating on a sinking ship.

That's why I support the Fair Share Tax, which would ask people who make over $1 million a year to pay more in income taxes to fund investments in transportation and education. The tax would generate an additional $2 billion per year.

We desperately need new revenue for our transportation system. The condition of our transportation infrastructure and commute times in Massachusetts are among the worst in the country, and they are getting worse under the Baker Administration.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign website jay4ma.com Dec 12, 2017

Setti Warren: Build cross-state rail service

Mayor Warren said, "I believe that people making $20,000 a week, in our state, can afford to pay a little bit more to reinvest that in transportation and education." Mayor Warren supports an east to west rail service. He said the Commonwealth needs one, and that can only happen by providing transportation from one end of the state to the other, which he feels will strengthen our economy.
Source: WWLP coverage of 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Aug 4, 2017

Jesse Gordon: City-wide WiFi and more, in permanent infrastructure funding

Q: The U.S.'s infrastructure, from our roads and bridges, to our electrical grid, have not been properly invested in nor used the advances in technology for maintenance. America is long overdue to rebuild our crumbling public transit systems, ports, and other infrastructure needs.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: The system of funding infrastructure should be changed so it's not a fight for every project. And more types of infrastructure should be included, like city-wide free WiFi.

Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jul 31, 2017

Setti Warren: Reconstruct roadways; establish innovation centers

Source: 2018 Massachusetts governor campaign website SettiWarren.com Jun 1, 2017

Setti Warren: Public transportation systems are underfunded

Setti Warren believes the ability to move around the Commonwealth with reasonable speed and at reasonable cost is essential to addressing the challenges of economic inequality. Constant traffic, underfunded public transportation systems and crumbling roads and bridges are not just an inconvenience, they are an impediment to opportunity. Creating more good jobs where people live will help lighten the load on highways and public transportation. We need a strategy to make sure that regional transportation authorities are able to meet the needs of the people of the Commonwealth. We must commit to projects like extending the Blue Line to Lynn, building a bullet train from Springfield to Boston, and repairing our underfunded roads and bridges. We cannot wait 20 years to get this done.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts governor campaign website SettiWarren.com Jun 1, 2017

Charlie Baker: Lynn ferry service wasn't worth the $700,000 operating cost

Democratic gubernatorial Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren promised to revitalize the city by reinstating ferry service and extending the Blue Line. "There's no reason why we can't put ferry service back to Lynn," he said. "It ran for two summers until it was cut. We need to restore it so people can get in and out of the city and expand transportation."

The ferry from the Blossom Street Ferry Terminal in Lynn to Boston's Seaport operated a pilot program in 2014 and 2015. But the service was decommissioned last summer by the Baker administration, which argued it didn't generate enough riders to justify the $700,000 in state funds annually to operate it.

Source: Lynn Daily Item on 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race May 26, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: High-speed rail between Springfield and Boston

Gonzalez voiced support building high-speed rail between Springfield and Boston. That project, among other infrastructure improvements, should be a priority, he said, citing his work on former Gov. Deval Patrick's $3 billion bridge repair initiative in 2008. "The Western part of the state has gotten the shaft for decades when it comes to transportation funding," Gonzalez said. "I'm committed to being governor of this whole state."
Source: MassLive.com on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Apr 3, 2017

Charlie Baker: Last Mile program: high-speed internet for rural communities

We all know that High-speed internet has become central to the ways we communicate, learn and do business. But too many communities in Western Mass still don't have access to this essential service. That's why this past May we completely overhauled the Last Mile program for our rural communities.

We started with 53 towns lacking high speed internet access. And while there's still more work to be done, in just six months we've moved a dozen towns forward.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Massachusetts Legislature Jan 24, 2017

Don Berwick: $600M via gas tax indexing for transportation financing

Joe Avellone called the indexing provision included in last year's transportation financing plan a "backdoor tax." Grossman said the Legislature in 2013 made a "modest downpayment" of $600 million in new revenue to support transportation, but criticized the likely Republican nominee Charlie Baker for opposing gas tax indexing. "I would challenge Charlie Baker to say where on earth are you going to get the $1 billion we're going to lose over the next 10 years," he said.
Source: WWLP 22-News on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate Jun 10, 2014

Steve Grossman: Create 50,000 "lab coat"-manufacturing jobs

Grossman said college students "were drowning in debt," called the lack of primary care physicians in gateway communities "a crisis," and said wellness programs in the workplace were a good investment.

He also vowed to create 50,000 "lab coat"-manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts by creating a coalition of vo-tech high schools, community colleges and employers.

Source: Wicked Local Brookline on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race Feb 14, 2014

Don Berwick: Nurture public transportation, resist fare increases

Regarding transportation, Berwick said he would focus on catching up on maintaining transportation infrastructure and implementing new innovations.

"Depending on which report you read, we may be $15 billion behind in maintenance," said Berwick. "We need to put money into our roads and rails and bridges. We're approaching the edge of service limitations that are hurting our economy."

"Beyond that, I'm really excited about the innovations we could have, like 'smart streets' which are ways to give buses more responsive routes," said Berwick. "I'd nurture public transportation, resist fare increases, improve schedules in regional transit, and look for more high speed rail opportunities."

Source: Walpole Times on 2014 Massachusetts Governor race Jan 25, 2014

Don Berwick: Safe, convenient, responsive, reliable transportation system

Berwick said that if elected, his agenda for transportation projects would evaporate the disparity in project funding between Eastern and Western Massachusetts and prioritize long-neglected projects across the commonwealth.

"Massachusetts deserves a safe, convenient, responsive and reliable transportation system--one we can count on. We will have that if, and only if, we treat the system with respect, like we would our own car," Berwick said. "That means making prudent, regular investments that create jobs, improve safety and begin to make up for decades of chronic neglect."

In regards to the question of whether projects will be paid for by new taxes or mass transit fare increases, Berwick pledged that he would work with legislators to find other ways to come up with revenue. Additionally, he said that the gas tax increase instituted under Gov. Deval Patrick that took effect in July "may be necessary in the current environment, but it is not our future."

Source: Springfield Republican on 2014 Massachusetts Governor race Jan 8, 2014

Don Berwick: Switch from gas tax to pay-per-use fees on mileage

Berwick said that the gas tax increase instituted under Gov. Deval Patrick that took effect in July "may be necessary in the current environment, but it is not our future." Berwick said that he is instead inclined to explore a pay-per-use type of system in which people are taxed based on the number of miles they drive while paying "strict attention to privacy concerns" in regards to the tracking technologies that monitor such usage.

The candidate also said that deferred maintenance has led to increased repair costs for many roads and bridges and putting off investments in regional transit authorities has led to inadequate hours of operations.

"It's 'pay now or pay more later,' and as governor I will support smart, focused and equitable investment. We know that investing in transportation is a win-win for our economy and our commonwealth," Berwick said. "Upgrading transportation puts people to work. Evidence is clear that transportation investment in MA supports 1000s of jobs each year.

Source: Springfield Republican on 2014 Massachusetts Governor race Jan 8, 2014

Martha Coakley: Supports commuter rail for the South Coast

Martha Coakley said she supports commuter rail for the South Coast. "It's not if we pay for it, it's how we pay for it," Coakley said.

Coakley and said that economic growth needs to work for everybody, not just those at the top. "They're all doing well, thank you, but everybody in Massachusetts I think should be and can be in that economic turnaround," she said.

On rail, Coakley said it's an issue that everyone seems to want. "It will be a top priority," she said. "I think the governor has tried, is committed to it, and I think it's something that I'm committed to making sure that it can happen."

Source: South Coast Today on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Jan 5, 2014

Deval Patrick: Invest in broadband, wind turbines, roads & rails

I asked you to invest significantly over the next few years in expanding broadband access, and restoring our roads, rails and bridges--and you did.

At the federal level, we are working hard to help shape a federal stimulus package to bridge us to a better economy. If and when that package is passed, we will be ready to get projects underway and put people to work.

That means jobs extending broadband services; jobs installing solar panels, wind turbines, and weather stripping; jobs rebuilding roads, rails and bridges; jobs modernizing our health care records management system and building schools.

Of course, our job in state government demands more than waiting for a federal lifeline. We have launched one billion dollars of capital projects to start over the first 6 months of this year, creating new jobs and making it more attractive for companies and families to put down stakes in Massachusetts.

Source: 2009 State of the State speech to Massachusetts Legislature Jan 1, 2009

Deval Patrick: Supports state-wide WiFi

We will support new technology to guarantee wireless Internet access from anywhere in the State, regardless of region. That access will serve to enhance education and workforce training, and public health initiatives, including childhood immunization and disaster preparedness.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrickís policy booklet, p. 5 Sep 15, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on replacing restrictions on local aid allocations

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part XII: TAXES AND SERVICES: Clause 4: Local aid. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

A budget amendment (introduced by Rep. Jones, R, North Reading) to the proposed FY06 budget would require that half of state revenue above $14.6 billion must go to local aid, up to $200 million total. The replacement amendment (introduced by Rep. St. Fleur, D, Boston) would maintain the existing local aid distribution formula. A vote of YEA would replace the restricted formula with the existing distribution formula.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part XII, clause 4: TAXES AND PUBLIC SERVICES: Recognizing that small communities provide government services with largely volunteer officials, we support efforts to educate and empower local officials with the information and resources necessary to carry out their duties in a professional manner.

Bill H. 4000 amendment #133 ; vote number H054

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Apr 29, 2005

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on replacing restrictions on local aid allocations

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part XII: TAXES AND SERVICES: Clause 4: Local aid. [State Rep. Walsh, a Democrat, voted YES].

A budget amendment (introduced by Rep. Jones, R, North Reading) to the proposed FY06 budget would require that half of state revenue above $14.6 billion must go to local aid, up to $200 million total. The replacement amendment (introduced by Rep. St. Fleur, D, Boston) would maintain the existing local aid distribution formula. A vote of YEA would replace the restricted formula with the existing distribution formula.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part XII, clause 4: TAXES AND PUBLIC SERVICES: Recognizing that small communities provide government services with largely volunteer officials, we support efforts to educate and empower local officials with the information and resources necessary to carry out their duties in a professional manner.

Bill H. 4000 amendment #133 ; vote number H054

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Apr 29, 2005

Richard Tisei: Voted NO on emerging technologies, math & science Fund

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part IV: Economic Growth:Workforce Training. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: (Section 70): contained in the engrossed Bill relative to investments in emerging technologies to promote job creation, economic stability and competitiveness in the Massachusetts economy.

Relevant platform section:Part IV: Economic Growth: Workforce Training: "We are aware that one out of three workers in this state need additional skills to maintain their employment in today's changing economy.... In the face of a global economy and advanced technology, workers need ongoing skill development and job training. We support increased public and private funding for business and labor to address the Massachusetts skills gap."

Source citation: Veto Override, sec.70 ; vote number 481

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jan 15, 2004

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on emerging technologies, math & science Fund

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part IV: Economic Growth:Workforce Training. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: (Section 70): contained in the engrossed Bill relative to investments in emerging technologies to promote job creation, economic stability and competitiveness in the Massachusetts economy.

Relevant platform section:Part IV: Economic Growth: Workforce Training: "We are aware that one out of three workers in this state need additional skills to maintain their employment in today's changing economy.... In the face of a global economy and advanced technology, workers need ongoing skill development and job training. We support increased public and private funding for business and labor to address the Massachusetts skills gap."

Source citation: Veto Override, sec.70 ; vote number 481

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jan 13, 2004

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on emerging technologies, math & science Fund

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part IV: Economic Growth:Workforce Training. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: (Section 70): contained in the engrossed Bill relative to investments in emerging technologies to promote job creation, economic stability and competitiveness in the Massachusetts economy.

Relevant platform section:Part IV: Economic Growth: Workforce Training: "We are aware that one out of three workers in this state need additional skills to maintain their employment in today's changing economy.... In the face of a global economy and advanced technology, workers need ongoing skill development and job training. We support increased public and private funding for business and labor to address the Massachusetts skills gap."

Source citation: Veto Override, sec.70 ; vote number 481

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jan 13, 2004

Scott Brown: Voted NO on emerging technologies, math & science Fund

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part IV: Economic Growth:Workforce Training. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: (Section 70): contained in the engrossed Bill relative to investments in emerging technologies to promote job creation, economic stability and competitiveness in the Massachusetts economy.

Relevant platform section:Part IV: Economic Growth: Workforce Training: "We are aware that one out of three workers in this state need additional skills to maintain their employment in today's changing economy.... In the face of a global economy and advanced technology, workers need ongoing skill development and job training. We support increased public and private funding for business and labor to address the Massachusetts skills gap."

Source citation: Veto Override, sec.70 ; vote number 481

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jan 13, 2004

Carla Howell: Anti-trust case on Microsoft will not work

Q: In terms of some of the other issues that the government has been getting involved in, say the Microsoft case, could you explain your position on that?

A: The Microsoft antitrust case is not going to work. It could be outright disastrous for high-tech in America. And, it will create all kinds of new problems, while diverting resources that should be concerned with true crime, not with successful big business.

Source: Eric Darbe, Massachusetts News Jan 5, 2000

Carla Howell: No ATM fee ban-leave the marketplace alone

Q: If an ATM fee ban came up in the Senate, would you support it and if not why?

A: No. Leave the marketplace alone. This is an absurd idea, that telling a business not to charge for a particular service is going to help anything. Itís only going to displace cost. Itís going to make things worse and create new problems, by imposing government regulation. Itís interfering with the free market in an area where the federal government has absolutely no business.

Source: Eric Darbe, Massachusetts News Jan 5, 2000

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