Take a look at what the Arizona legislature is considering doing. Professors at state institutions would not be allowed to publically advocate for any political candidate, give expert testimony in trials, or have a public opinion on any issue considered “partisan”. You’d be fined if you broke the rules.
A biology professor would probably lose his or her entire salary in fines in a semester where they taught about evolutionary theory. This blog would rack me up a $500.00 fine every time I made an entry. My books would cost me fines when I published them. How do you write a historical study that doesn’t in some respect make an argument, offer an interpretation, have some aspect that is in some sense “partisan”? Any engineer or scientist who assisted local, state or federal governments with technical issues could be fined, given that almost any project or initiative could arguably be said to be “partisan”. The vast majority of economists would be in some sense “partisan”, in that the paradigms of the discipline have a distinctive and politically meaningful perspective.
Arizona’s legislature should really just close all of its public universities if it regards faculty as such a clear and present danger to society.