The Federal Stimulus Should Support Research at Public Universities

A year into the federal stimulus, state economies continue to stagnate or sink. Large industrial states like California and Michigan are in particularly bad shape, and if recovery fails in such places, it will damage the economy of the entire country. It is particularly unfortunate, therefore, that the federal research stimulus is not only putting too little money into public universities, but is putting it there in a way that makes the problems of those institutions worse.