One of the issues that the State of Jefferson nay sayers keep bring up is how to build a sustaining economy for the new state. One might look around the globe for how other countries have developed the tools to create a robust economy and use that as a model for the State of Jefferson.
I was reading this article in the UK Register about Estonia’s use of communication to increase government effectiveness and promote economic development. Why, not use the Estonia as model for the State of Jefferson’s economic development model, thus avoiding business killing friction created by a large bureaucratic administration.
Estonia’s broadband infrastructure is very robust, and they have established a very credible e-society. Today’s Estonian citizen can, though they do not have to:
- Identify themselves, via e-ID, an electronic identity system
- Vote (iVote, available since 2007)
- Complete tax returns (and make payments or receive refunds)
- Obtain and fulfil prescriptions (eHealth)
- Participate in census completion
- Review accumulated pension contributions and values
- Perform banking, including making and receiving payments
- Pay and interact with utilities (like water, gas and electricity)
- Interact with the education system (e-Education)
- Set up businesses
- Sign contracts
The development of a robust eSociety would allow the citizens of Jefferson to avoid the bureaucratic morass that is stifling and killing businesses in the state of California.