Passage of Proposition 4 is a long-term investment in the economic prosperity of the state, and every registered voter should make an effort to get to the polls to cast their vote on this issue.
Becoming a Tier 1 university is an honor earned by achieving certain benchmarks. Many of them require heavy investment on the part of the institutions to attract the faculty and students and build up on-campus resources.
The seven emerging Texas universities have done a fine job getting where they are today. But moving to the next level will require some community and state support.
They can't make it to the top alone. The institutions definitely need more funding than is currently provided by the the Legislature every two years.
With only two public and one private top tier universities, Texas is losing some of its brightest and most talented students to other states. Students should have top-notch universities to choose from without having to go out of state.
But this is not just about academics. Top research universities generate significant spinoffs that create new jobs.
It is estimated that for every $10 million in research dollars there are 334 new jobs created, $8.5 million in wages paid, $500,000 in state tax revenue and $13.5 million in sales generated.
Too much is riding on this proposition for Texans to sit it out.
Proposition 4 merits community support.