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NEWS: Kerry Pitches $30 Billion Tech Investment Plan

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posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 09:30 AM
Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. John Kerry introduced plans for a 30$ Billion package in new technology investments. He said the money would be used to create new high tech jobs and "would pick up the tab by selling unused TV transmission spectrum after the country moves from analog to digital television."

Kerry Pitches $30 Billion Tech Investment Plan
Speaking at San Jose State University, Kerry, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, said if elected he would create tax incentives to invest in startups, research and development, and broadband networks for rural areas and cities. Kerry also said he would spend $30 billion to create high-tech jobs--and would pick up the tab by selling unused TV transmission spectrum after the country moves from analog to digital television.

Kerry attacked Bush for putting "ideology" before science.

"We're not going to get very far with a leadership that slashes science and technology budgets," Kerry said. "At the dawn of the 21st century, the possibilities are limitless. But they won't just happen. We have to invest more in our people and their ideas."

Iacocca, credited with helping to resuscitate Chrysler in the late 1970s and '80s. also campaigned for former president Ronald Reagan in the '80s. But he said he's throwing his support to Kerry, who can best create American jobs. "We can't compete unless our technology is world-class and cutting-edge," said Iacocca, who added that he will offer advice to Kerry during the campaign.

Kerry's plan for creating jobs through investment in technology combines tax incentives with increased budgets for federal agencies that fund R&D. Kerry said that as president, he would eliminate taxes on capital gains from investments in small businesses held for at least five years, currently taxed at a 14% rate. He would also extend a 20% tax credit on annual increases in R&D spending by companies and eliminate tax advantages for companies that move jobs overseas. "Startups drive technology job creation," he said. "And they usually have big ideas but small capital." Kerry's plan would provide a 10% tax credit for investments in broadband Internet access technology in rural areas and inner cities, and a 20% tax credit for investment in networks anywhere in the country if those networks are 20% faster than today's. Kerry also proposed equipping all first responders to emergencies--such as police and firefighters--with broadband connections by the end of 2006. High-speed Internet service to homes and small businesses grew by 42% last year to 28.2 million lines, but Kerry said the United States ranks 10th in the world in adopting broadband. "If Bangalore in India can be completely wired, then so should all of America," he said. The tax credits, which would cost $2 billion over five years, could expand the economy by $500 billion and create 1.2 million high-wage jobs, he said.

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