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Digital Government

Posted - Nov. 19, 2003 at 1:24 p.m.



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Who hasn’t stood in line at one time or another for some mandatory government service – perhaps to renew a drivers license, purchase a fishing permit or pay a traffic fine!

It’s no fun! In fact, it can be terribly inconvenient, even frustrating.

Since the advent of the Internet, though, the ordeal has changed dramatically, especially here in Utah. Hundreds of government services are now available online, literally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Need to renew your vehicle registration? Go online!

Apply for food stamps! Register to vote! Reserve a favorite campsite in a state park! File your taxes. Register your business!

The list of digital possibilities is long.

In fact, the State of Utah’s website, www.utah.gov, was recently named the best Internet portal in the nation by a national research group that monitors and rates such sites. www.utah.gov is user friendly and remarkably efficient.

If you haven’t tried it, you ought to.

KSL commends the state’s leaders, especially former Governor Mike Leavitt, for catching the vision of online, digital government, and promoting it with dogged determination. Leavitt’s goal of “using technology to make state government services more efficient and accessible” will be one of his most enduring legacies.

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