Texas residents go to the polls on 5 November, 2019 to decide whether to sustain the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the second largest public source of cancer funding in the United States after the federal government. This is a big stakes vote—the generous support for 123 tenure-track faculty.
Texas residents appear likely to approve the ballot measure, which would give CPRIT another $3 billion through bond sales. A recent poll found that two-thirds of voters support it. However some voters dissent remains from fiscal conservatives that loath public financing instead of purely private financing. However, CPRIT has been instrumental in establishing Texas as a major cancer research center. Although California’s $3 billion stem cell agency was CPRIT’s original inspiration, California was actually responding to federal restrictions to stem cell studies while Texas sought to bolster the state’s research efforts and its biotech industry.
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