New York Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research
New York taxpayers annually fund more than $50 million in basic and applied research and projects. This public investment often leads to results that are published in a variety of academic journals. Because taxpayers underwrite this research they have a right to expect that dissemination and use will be maximized for public benefit, and that they themselves will have access to the published results. We, the undersigned, call upon the New York State Legislature to enact A180 (Hevesi)/S4050 (Robach). The legislation, the Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research (TAPFR) act, will empower innovation, promote New York-based researchers, lower the cost of business, support higher education, and improve the quality of health care.