IT stays front and center for four governors

IT stays front and center for four governors

Gov. Bob Wise

Computers and the Internet were topics on the front burner in recent state-of-the-state speeches by the governors of Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens asked for continued funding for the fiber-optic Multi-Use Network, which will support voice, video and data communications statewide.

Kansas Gov. Bill Graves proposed spending $500,000 to help schools develop a statewide technology infrastructure.

South Dakota Gov. William Janklow apologized for boasting about the state's IT accomplishments, 'but it's not just me bragging,' he said. For the second year in a row, South Dakota ranked No. 1 in education in the annual Digital State Survey by the Center for Digital Government of Sacramento, Calif., and the Progress and Freedom Foundation of Washington (see related story at

West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise demonstrated how technology can aid legislators. He showed a foot-thick budget and legislative package he delivered last year to the president of the state senate and the house speaker. This year he sent the documents to legislators on a pair of CD-ROM disks.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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