New England Universities Applaud Congressional Advocates of Science and Education Funding
A coalition of New England universities, including NEC members Boston University, Brown University, and Harvard University, sent a letter to the New England Congressional delegation this week thanking them for their ongoing support of science and education funding, particularly during recent budget battles. The proposed budget agreement, spearheaded by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), will reduce the sequester by $63 billion dollars and use part of that money to restore funding for education and scientific research. The New England region, with its many higher education institutions, benefits tremendously from these federal investments that spur both innovation and job creation.
The letter notes that “more than half of U.S. economic growth since World War II is a consequence of technological innovation, overwhelmingly resulting from federally funded scientific research.” These are the technological advancements, made possible through federal investments in education, that are responsible for saving and improving lives, creating wealth, and moving our society forward. They are investments that are essential to the New England economy. Thankfully, even in times of fiscal restraint, the New England delegation has proven to be “staunch advocates for science and education.”
The New England Council joins our members in thanking the New England delegation for their work to protect and increase science and education funding. Our members throughout New England greatly benefit from these federal investments that spark innovation and help educate the next generation of workers.