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Sequestration Resources

The Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance (ANF), MassDevelopment, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center at the request of the Sequestration Task Force contracted the UMass Donahue Institute (UMDI) to complete a first-in-the-nation study of the near-term economic effects that sequestration cuts occurring in the federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014 have had on the Massachusetts economy.

Survey on Sequestration Effects: Selected Results from Private and Public Research Universities
As part of a survey sponsored by the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and The Science Coalition (TSC), leaders from 171 public and private research universities were asked to describe the early effects of the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget (“sequestration”) that began in March.  The survey was administered and responses were collected during October 2013.

Our nation’s role as the world’s innovation leader is in serious jeopardy.  The combination of eroding federal investments in research and higher education, additional cuts due to sequestration, and the enormous resources other nations are pouring into these areas is creating a new kind of deficit for the United States: an innovation deficit. Closing this innovation deficit—the widening gap between needed and actual investments—must be a national imperative. 

The Impact of the Sequester on the National Institutes of Health and Implications for Jobs and the U.S. Economy
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plays a significant and well-documented role in the U.S. economy by advancing the frontiers of medical research while laying the foundation for new products, services and technologies. Given the substantial economic returns from NIH funding, it is critical to highlight the devastating impact that a possible sequester on March 1, 2013 will have on our nation’s medical research enterprise and on U.S. economic growth and job creation.

As leaders of the institutions that drive Massachusetts’ innovation economy, we write to thank you for your continued service to our state and the nation. As you reconvene to complete the work of the 112th Congress, we wanted to share with you our concerns about the threats posed by pending sequestration and associated reductions to federal support for research.

Over 150 university presidents from 50 states urge president, Congress to prevent budget sequester, reach balanced, long-term agreement

Federal and State Research Could Be Crippled by Looming Cuts, Says New AAAS Report

The prospect of automatic spending cuts, or sequestration, scheduled to take effect in January 2013, casts a pall over future U.S. leadership of research and development and would delay access to new medical treatments.

The Budget Control Act would be a hard hit to vital U.S. industries, competitiveness, and economic recovery.

Industry and academic leaders urge for science and technology to be a priority in long-term deficit reduction planning

Assessing U.S. international competitiveness in biomedical research

A 7.8 percent cut in funding for research supported by NIH would result in 33,000 fewer jobs across the U.S. and a corresponding $4.5 billion decrease in economic activity.

According to a national public opinion poll, a majority of likely voters say that across-the-board cuts are not the right way to reduce the federal budget deficit.

Congressionally mandated report pursuant to Sequestration Transparency Act

The impact of sequestration on NIH-funded research would be immediate and devastating

A report by Sen. Tom Harkin, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies

Letter discuses the consequences to patient and public health, economic growth and job creation that will result from cuts to science funding under the sequester

As representatives of the nation’s business, university, science and engineering communities, we believe the future of our nation depends on our willingness to take immediate actions to rein in the federal deficit and drive economic growth.

Other Resources

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