Deval Patrick on Technology

Democratic Governor (MA) and presidential contender


Infrastructure creates jobs now and builds base for future

We can own the knowledge economy going out. What we have to do is spread it out, so it's not concentrated just on the coasts, for example. And infrastructure, which is the unglamorous work of government, but it supports everything else. And it creates jobs right now as well as a platform for growth out into the future. So it's both of the things. It's a different way to use some of our resources, but also investing in strengthening our future.
Source: CNN N. H. Town Hall on eve of N. H. primary , Feb 6, 2020

Additional spending on cybersecurity and robotics

Patrick has long been a proponent of using government leverage to boost technology research and innovation, both domestically and internationally, and he promises additional spending on cybersecurity.

Patrick's campaign website promises increased investment in cybersecurity, expanded broadband internet, and emerging technology sectors such as robotics.

As governor, he expanded funding for technology research, especially biotech and information technologies.

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2019 Democratic primary , Dec 24, 2019

Imagine a 21st Century transportation network

We have unmet needs in our transportation system. Let's give our citizens a 21st Century transportation network. Just imagine it.

Imagine if you could depend on a bus or subway that came on time, was safe and comfortable and ran until a student at UMass Boston or a worker in a downtown tower finished up at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. Imagine if a young innovator in the Seaport District could get a fast train to an affordable apartment in New Bedford at the end of the day or the family in New Bedford had access to the work and social opportunities in Boston. Imagine if the Green Line ran to Medford and the commuter rail ran to Springfield and the Housatonic line was reopened between Pittsfield & NYC. Imagine if you could drive at highway speeds the whole length of the Pike and let technology collect your tolls. Imagine that the interchanges on 128 in Canton and Woburn were smoothed out and you didn't have to add 45 minutes to your commute at rush hour just to get through the bottlenecks.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Commonwealth Legislature , Jan 16, 2013

Our citizens do not want less transportation; they want more

Our citizens do not want less transportation. They want more. They do not want us to spend more on the same old thing or just move money around from one idea to the next. They want us to invest in a disciplined and strategic way in the things that improve the quality of their lives and grow their opportunities. The Department of Transportation showed us what we need to properly operate the system we have and to add additional projects that unlock growth and opportunity in long-neglected parts of our Commonwealth. The transportation plan shows us specific needs we all knew were unmet. And meeting those needs demands new revenue.

Second, in transportation in particular, new funding must be dedicated. We need disciplined, sustained investments in specific service improvements and expansion projects over time, without the risk that funds will be diverted to the next good idea. And we need to be able to show the people of Massachusetts that their money is targeting specific results.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Commonwealth Legislature , Jan 16, 2013

Don't just talk about it; invest in life sciences & biotech

Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them. He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it.

When I came to office, we set out on a different course: investing in ourselves and our future. And today Massachusetts leads the nation in economic competitiveness, student achievement, health care coverage, life sciences and biotech, energy efficiency and veterans' services. Today, with the help of the Obama administration, we are rebuilding our roads and bridges and expanding broadband access. Today we're out of the deficit hole Mr. Romney left, and we've achieved the highest bond rating in our history. Today--with labor at the table--we've made the reforms in our pension and benefits systems, our schools, our transportation system and more that Mr. Romney only talked about.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 4, 2012

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

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, Patrick’s policy booklet, p. 5 , Sep 15, 2005

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

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V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
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V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
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