Here's a great synthesis of tech and government: National Journal's Tech Daily Dose reports that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has launched Stimulus.Virginia.Gov, a portal where Virginians (and anyone else interested) can submit ideas for how Virginia ought to use its chunk of the stimulus package (which may arrive on President Obama's desk by the weekend, just as the Dems planned...or maybe not!).
Gov. Kaine opened the site yesterday. As of 16:08 EST today, I find 763 proposals for all sorts of projects:
- #710: Replace the town of Chilhowie's water tanks ($1,500,000).
- #725: Keep Aubrey Temple's hardware store open ($50,000).
- #753: Every penny to direct tax relief ($TBD).
- #759: Subsidize medication for old folks and fix up hospitals ($100,000,000).
- #760: resurface roads in Rocky Run ($100,000).
- #762: replace an organization's furnace with new green equipment ($3,000).
The proposal report page also offers a nice little "Export to Excel" button that would allow me to download the whole list of proposals and sort them by dollar amount, proposer, etc. Bless you, Virginia.
At this rate, Governor Kaine and the Virginia General Assembly may have a general outline for how to put the stimulus money to work before Governor Rounds can even find a pen and paper to write out an order for a special session. (Legislature, my spreadsheets remain at your disposal. Give me a call!)
[cross-posted from my e-government research blog]