Some basic tenets of the Clinton administration's science and technology policy - the encouragement of applied research and collaboration with industry to bring it to fruition - are colliding with traditional Republican values. These include long-standing opposition to such partnerships, a desire to give the states a greater voice in science matters, and a general urge for budget reductions on the part of the GOP-controlled Congress.

Mary Good IRONY: The Department of Commerce's Mary good notes that while states want to expand their development programs, federal officials are discussing disbanding such efforts.

Shifting more authority for federal R&D spending to the states meshes with a desire to cut government research funding and an overall back-to-the-states movement in federal politics aimed at reducing government size and influence.

"There's a strong sentiment in Congress to cut federal expenditures, including science and technology, and cut the federal role in governing in general," says Richard Thornburgh,...

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