State of Virginia Archives: on Technology


Ralph Northam: Ensure universal broadband access

I'm laying out the roadmap to a competitive, brilliant future for all Virginians.

Until we come together to ensure universal broadband access, we are keeping opportunity out of reach for entire communities in Virginia.

When a community doesn't have reliable Internet access, it can't attract businesses, support its home-grown entrepreneurs, keep its students up to date, or use telehealth to keep people healthy.

The ability to get online anywhere--that's what makes a Commonwealth of opportunity.

Weeks ago, I shared an ambitious budget proposal to speed up our progress and achieve universal broadband access within the next few years. This is probably the number one issue I hear from Virginians as I travel around the state, and the number one issue I hear from legislators--both Republicans and Democrats.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Virginia legislature Jan 9, 2019

Justin Fairfax: Transportation infrastructure crucial to state's economy

Fairfax believes that transportation is crucial to the state's economy. "You can't vote no on that [transportation] bill and then say we need to invest in infrastructure," He said he would "entertain" a bill creating a regional transportation authority if localities want it.
Source: Free Lance-Star on 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race Oct 29, 2017

Terry McAuliffe: $4.2M to compete for high energy Electron Ion Collider

My budget proposal makes key investments in Virginia's research and technology infrastructure. I have included $4.2 million so that we can compete for a new Electron Ion Collider at the Jefferson Lab in Newport News. That new $618 million facility would create more than 4,900 jobs within a decade and add $708 million to the commonwealth's economy. It will also make Virginia a world leader in high energy physics.

Our sole competition for the ion collider project is the state of New York--and we simply cannot allow those New Yorkers to come down here to Virginia and take our collider project.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Virginia Legislature Jan 14, 2015

Terry McAuliffe: Launched Cybersecurity Commission & bioscience summit

Since the start of my administration, improving Virginia's state cybersecurity infrastructure has been a top priority. This is one of the few areas where the federal government will be making a major investment in the coming years, and we have a chance to lead the way.

Soon after taking office, I launched the Virginia Cybersecurity Commission, chaired by Richard Clarke, who has advised three presidents on national security. Their continued work and diligence, coupled with the vast array of cyber assets already in the commonwealth puts us in a strong position to win the proposed federal cyber campus.

I am also working hard to make Virginia a leader in the bioscience industry. We just convened our first bioscience summit with Dr. Bob Langer, the leading MIT researcher, so that we can better coordinate and leverage our great academic and private sector assets to compete in this emerging industry. If we work together, starting today, we can succeed where others have failed before.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Virginia Legislature Jan 14, 2015

Robert Sarvis: 21st-century transportation policy based on user-pays

Our bureaucratic approach to transportation was designed for the last century. We need a 21st-century transportation policy that's built to last. These are the principles that should guide reform of how Virginia does transportation policy:
Source: Virginia Governor 2013 campaign website, robertsarvis.com Sep 21, 2013

Bob McDonnell: $14B on 900 transportation projects, including more Amtrak

$14B on 900 transportation projects, including more Amtrak We put the most new funding into transportation since 1986, while maintaining our 5% debt limit. The 2011 transportation legislation jumpstarted over 900 projects. A record $14 billion in projects are now in procurement or under construction, including
Source: 2013 Virginia State of the State address Jan 9, 2013

George Allen: Keep taxes off Internet

KAINE: Gov. Allen called General Assembly members "dinosaurs, monarchical elitists," frequently name-called John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, when he served with them in the Senate. During this campaign he continues it.

ALLEN: John Kerry and I really don't agree on many issues, but we did agree on wi-fi. There are other senators who we rarely agree, but we worked together to keep taxes off Internet access on the national nanotechnology initiative, of which I was a leader, as well as cyber- security.

Source: CNN State of the Union on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Jul 22, 2012

George Allen: No online sales tax for out-of-state websites

Kaine indicated he was open to forcing online retailers to collect sales taxes, although he said the rates should not be onerous and some small businesses should be exempted. Allen said he opposed asking businesses without a physical presence in a state to collect sales taxes.
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2012 Virginia Senate Debates Jun 28, 2012

Tim Kaine: Force online retailers to collect sales taxes

Kaine indicated he was open to forcing online retailers to collect sales taxes, although he said the rates should not be onerous and some small businesses should be exempted. Allen said he opposed asking businesses without a physical presence in a state to collect sales taxes.
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2012 Virginia Senate Debates Jun 28, 2012

Bob McDonnell: $4 billion for 6-year highway and rail project plan

Working across party lines last year we put the most new funding into transportation in a generation. Over $4 billion in new funding was provided in our six-year plan to support highway and rail projects. This funding has supported hundreds of projects across the state and the advertisement and award of nearly $2 billion in new contracts in 2011. It has also made possible public-private partnerships including the Midtown/Downtown Tunnel in Hampton Roads and the I-95 HOV/HOT Lanes Project.
Source: 2012 Virginia State of the State Address Jan 11, 2012

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Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
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Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
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