Karyn Polito on Technology
Eleventh Worcester Republican (MA State Rep)
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.
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
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