Remind public and policymakers about health and economic benefits of scientific progress
Re: Science, not Silence, April 16. Dr. Minnick is not alone in her concerns over proposed steep cuts to the National Institutes of Health budget. Scientists and those who recognize the value of science are trying to understand why the federal science and health agencies would be targets for dramatic funding cuts, given the innovative research currently underway at Colorado institutions and across the country funded by these agencies.
A majority of Americans (63 percent) say basic scientific research should be supported by the federal government, and more than half (52 percent) are willing to pay $1 per week more in taxes if certain that the money would be spent on additional research, according to a survey commissioned by Research!America.
Severe cuts to the NIH budget would not only run counter to the expectations of Americans, it would impact economic growth in Colorado where nearly 7,000 jobs are supported by the NIH. That’s why many Coloradans, including scientists, are speaking up. The March for Science on April 22 is a good opportunity to remind the public and policymakers about the health and economic benefits of scientific progress.
"Remind public and policymakers about health and economic benefits of scientific progress," by Suzanne Ffolkes (The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, April 20, 2017)