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ConsortiumInfo: New MA Governor Proposes New--and Smaller--IT Bond Bill

Mar 16, 2007, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Deval Patrick, the Commonwealth's new governor, yesterday introduced a $1.47 billion 'emergency' bonding bill, intended to cover a broad range of local and statewide projects, including a measure of funding for the upgrading of the state's IT infrastructure. Details regarding the IT funding portion of the bill appeared today in the on-line version of MHT, a New England print journal dedicated to regional high tech news, in a story written by MHT reporter Catherine Williams. Regular readers may recall that it was concern over this funding that led in part to the resignation of State CIO Peter Quinn in late December of 2005--and to the subsequent resignation in protest of his successor, Louis Gutierrez in November of last year, when the state legislature adjourned without approving a prior IT funding bill.

"Unfortunately for the Information Technology Division (ITD) in particular, and state government in general, the new bill would provide only a fraction of the funding that would have been provided under last year's legislation..."

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