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Bill Weld on Technology

Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor

 


Teach skill sets for tech jobs of the future

25 percent of the jobs in the country are about to disappear because of artificial intelligence and robotics and drones and machine learning and autonomous vehicles. Nobody is planning ahead for that, and it would entail a lot of work to make sure that people get the skillsets to get the replacement jobs when they show up around the same time. If we play that right with our educational system, the people that lose those jobs could wind up with higher wages than they had before.
Source: ABC This Week 2019 interviews of 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Feb 17, 2019

Privatized highway maintenance, instead of public unions

Beginning in 1992, Weld's administration contracted out highway maintenance in eastern Massachusetts, long the domain of public-sector unions. The results are impressive by any measure: the Highway Department has cut its workforce from 3,100 to 2,300 and its operating budget from $96 million to $73 million--while increasing the frequency of grass mowing, bridge washing, and road sweeping. In Dukakis's last term, 302 state bridges were repaired or rebuilt; in Weld's first term, that number nearly doubled, to 595, and researchers found it 21% more cost-effective than the old system.

At various times, Weld or his aides have suggested privatizing the new Central Artery; the Massachusetts Turnpike; the buses and subways of the MBTA; and Logan International Airport. Except for the MBTA (still unprivatized, but sill being talked about it), all these suggestions have died.

Source: Jeff Jacoby in City Journal , Jan 1, 1996

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