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Academic R&D pays for itself in jobs and economic growth

As the Legislature's budget-writing committee wrestles with balancing the state's biennial budget, calls for additional cuts in spending by the University of Wisconsin System will likely move front and center. In some ways, that's logical: The UW System budget is one of the state's five biggest spending programs.

There would be little logic, however, in cut......

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State government's investment in academic R&D attracts federal aid -- an area where Wisconsin rarely shines. Wisconsin ranks 15th among the 50 states in total academic R&D spending, and its per capita spending ($148.14 in fiscal 2002) was well above the U.S. average of $126.17. About three-quarters of all academic R&D is funded by fede......

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Wisconsin has a strong foundation in academic R&D. Lawmakers should seize the opportunity to keeping building the state's 21st century economy.

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