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Morning News Update 04.07.09 April 7, 2009

Posted by civsource in Morning Summary.
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Need help with that stimulus request?…Wally-world EHRs, isle four…Govs sojourn to Silicon Valley…Court looks other way on E-Verify ‘inaccuracies’…States’ revenue threatened by stimulus…More trouble on the Bayou

The health information technology (IT) sector is poised to grow and consolidate ahead of a stimulus package that includes $20 billion in health IT related projects, Reuters reports. In the wake of a General Electric and Intel partnership last week, Dell and Perot Systems announced an alliance to provide desktop, storage, server and electronic health records (EHRs) to physician’s offices, hospitals and other health care providers. Perhaps most interesting is Wall Marts involvement in providing electronic health records through Sam’s Club’s retail network.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter is on a trade mission to Silicon Valley, the Denver Business Journal says. He hopes to strengthen alliances between the state and Silicon Valley businesses and entrepreneurs. He’s only the latest governor to sojourn to California. In February, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick went on a similar trip to the West Coast. Meanwhile, California’s Schwarzenegger has to travel all the way to Germany for his tech fix.

Rhode Island’s Supreme Court upheld Governor Carcieri’s executive order forcing state contractors to use the federal E-Verify database, the Providence Journal said this morning. The battle has been playing out in court for over a year because ACLU officials claimed the E-Verify database is “rife with inaccuracies”. Another appeal is expected within weeks.

A Stateline.org article finds that if state’s align their tax breaks with what the federal government is doing state treasuries could loose tens of millions of dollars in income and corporate tax, stressing an already fractured system. Some states are decoupling state taxes from the federal tax code, but some, like Arizona and North Carolina have not yet done so.

Yesterday, CivSource reported about some problems in Louisiana’s information technology office where contractors were impersonating city employees and funneling subcontracts in dubious fashion. Today, the New Orleans Times-Picayune has reported that a court motion has been made against Mayor Ray Nagin and his family because a trip to Hawaii was financed by one of those subcontractors – NetMethods. This one is getting interesting.

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