Mar. 6th, 2011

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http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-b/030211vagrownapp.shtml :
“The Virginia Grown mobile application is a first-of-its-kind,” said Matthew J. Lohr, VDACS Commissioner. “We are not aware of any other state that offers a similar application to locate farm-fresh products on a consumer’s telephone.” The Virginia Grown app allows Virginia agricultural producers to communicate directly with end-users, allowing them to share their specific messages, product profiles and services with the public.
Well that's nifty..wait, what's this I skipped over?
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the availability of a free Virginia Grown app for Windows Phone 7.

How backwards is this state going to get?

This year it was decided by Richmond to get rid of the free iFile program for electronic filing of state taxes (which worked flawlessly even on my Linux/Firefox box since I choose not to pay the MS or Apple taxes) for residents with GI >$50k/year to 'save'[0] a whopping $50k/year[1], and now they've, arguably, wasted time developing a taxpayer-funded application that is only accessible to, what, a single digit percentage of the population?

Real effective use of taxpayer money there, dumbass. Here's a tip - how about you reign in your attack dog Cuccinelli and redirect the money he's wasting in his ideologically driven attacks against climate research, health care reform, and women's rights to continue what was widely regarded as a successful program?

[0] Processing iFile returns reportedly cost ~$0.17/per return. Processing paper returns reportedly costs the state >$1/return, and their savings presumes 100% of the people no longer able to iFile will use some other electronic mechanism. Nope. It's back to paper for me.

[1] Which is probably less than Intuit's campaign contributions to McDonnell but they're certainly going to reap a huge profit for their quid pro quo investment.

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