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This is Arizona you are talking about. The whiny religitards, and their republican puppets get their way, be damned.So glad I was able to move away. Even gladder that I didn't have kids in their schools.
The real sad thing is that the schools in SE Phoenix are a lot better funded and better than the public schools back here in my hometown of San Jose (I moved back about four months ago. My colleagues with kids are appalled at the fact that they have to pay extra money for sports and music programs to participate. All paid for in Chandler schools near Phoenix. Crazy)
I am assuming you never licensed a patent from a university. I can assure you that they have become quite adept at extracting money from the licensing of some pretty pathetic patents.
I recently inherited the handling of our licensed technology portfolio, and I can assure you that we pay a pretty penny for some almost trivial, but essential patents.
The downside is that universities are beginning to use this calculus in their decisions to bring on key researchers, and to focus their efforts on "profitable" ventures, leaving a lot of really important, and interesting basic research to lie fallow, because there's no obvious pay out from it. Things that used to be the bread and butter of academia research.