• Focus on the Building Blocks of Job Creation

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    There are critical choices facing Congress as members work to find solutions to the urgent fiscal challenges facing the nation.  But, as they work toward answers, they should not sacrifice the foundation of America’s innovation economy – science, R&D, and education.  And when it comes to “raising revenues” – Washington-ese for higher taxes – Congress needs to adopt a competitive, market-based approach [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax, Workforce
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  • Say No to the Tax Status Quo

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    The San Francisco Chronicle recently editorialized against replacing America’s antiquated tax system with a modern, competitive, market-based approach.  The shift would place a premium on job creation and encourage companies to invest more of their foreign earnings here at home.  In Wednesday’s edition, I respond to the editorial, underscoring the importance of this new approach not only to U.S. businesses [...]
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  • Let’s Fix the Game Not Attack the Players

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    As I watched a bit of football the other day, it made me wish that we had a yellow flag for policy setting in this country.  If that were possible, I would throw the flag at our policymakers for failing to fix an out-of-date, broken tax system and at our national media for their off-base characterizations of those simply trying to work within the system. Our tax code is atrocious.  It is antiquated, [...]
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  • The Post-Election Prescription for Progress

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    What an amazing night for our Republic.  More than 119 million people cast their ballots in races from justice of the peace to President of the United States.  We stood in long lines – some for hours; we cast our ballots; and we shared a hope that tomorrow would be better than today.  Because, at the end of any election day, that’s the common bond among Americans.  No matter how we vote, we vote with [...]
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  • Remembering Gary Fazzino

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    Every death is sad and untimely, but, in the case of Gary Fazzino, sad does not capture the impact or scope of the loss on  the tech sector and the world.   Gary Fazzino is not a household name, but his humanity and work has impacted us all. He was vice president of government affairs at Applied Materials.  He worked for many years at HP before that in several leadership posts.  He served on the ITI [...]
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  • Clear Eyes, Steady Voice, Strong Leadership

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    Each year, ITI honors one board member whose efforts transcend regular responsibilities to the organization with the Gary P. Fazzino Award for Innovation Excellence.  The award recognizes “demonstrated and consistent leadership and exemplary service in promoting innovation and technology.”  This year, we presented the award to Tim Regan, Senior Vice President of Corning, Incorporated, and the ITI Board [...]
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  • “Let’s talk about what we need to compete”

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    The presidential debate tonight provided the final opportunity for the American people to see President Obama and Governor Romney sit side-by-side and debate their plans for the nation for the next four years.  One of the important takeaways from this debate is that both candidates recognize that our foreign policy success is directly entwined with our economic success — for us to be a strong leader [...]
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  • Tonight's Debate: Better on Jobs, Worse on Taxes

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    For the first half, almost three-quarters, of the town-hall debate tonight, we thought the candidates actually got it.  They reached into the tech toolbox for job creation.  Trade.  Education.  High-skilled immigration reform.  Energy innovation and independence.   Both candidates recognized the importance each of these areas to our economic future.  However, neither came close to outlining a comprehensive [...]
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  • From TechElect -- The Next Question for Governor Romney and President Obama

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    This blog was originally posted at TechElect.org. Tonight, the vice presidential debate was heavy on foreign policy and light on jobs policy.  There was significant attention paid to what’s happening on the ground in Afghanistan, Iran, Libya, and Syria, but too little to the economic challenges facing families in Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and across the United States.  I say that not to dismiss the importance [...]
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  • What About Jobs?

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    Innovation was missing from the first presidential debate.  So was utilizing the power of technology as a foundation for a stronger economy.  And, other than a few of areas of agreement on taxes and education, the debate was devoid of new ideas and bold approaches to create jobs and get America moving again.   Both candidates repeated the well-rehearsed points that we consistently hear on the campaign [...]
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