Continuing to cut higher education funding will hurt Wisconsin’s economy by reducing research and innovation on college campuses, according to a new report from the state organization that advises lawmakers on science and technology.

The Wisconsin Technology Council argues that legislators should instead make it a priority to increase state support for the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Technical College systems.

Their campuses act as “economic engines” and “talent factories” in their communities, council president Tom Still said, and are a boon to Wisconsin’s economy. Read the full story in the Wisconsin State Journal here.