The fate of our higher education research institutions (DRI, UNLV and UNR) lies at the center of an even more fundamental question. What kind of state do Nevadans want to live in and call home? Are good schools, great health care, adequate transportation and personal safety top priorities? As you’ve seen over the last two weeks of my Tweets, you know that our research institutions are actively involved in innovative work in each of those areas. If these are priorities, then why have we done so little to support them financially?