Archive for Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Legislators spar over KU cancer center

February 21, 2006


A proposal to help the Cancer Center at the Kansas University Medical Center gain national status was at the center of a legislative squabble today.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius earmarked $5 million annually in her budget proposal to assist KU in getting a federal cancer center designation within five years.

But a group of lawmakers in the House Appropriations Committee sought to delay that recommendation, saying they wanted to see specific legislation on the matter before voting on the funds.

"We don't want to put the cart before the horse," Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, said.

But other committee members said the legislation could easily be worked on at the same time that the full appropriations bill advanced. And they said pulling the funds out of the committee's budget recommendation would be interpreted by private donors to the Cancer Center that the state was backing off its commitment to the facility.

A motion by Rep. Sharon Schwartz, R-Washington, to remove the cancer funding from the committee's appropriations bill was defeated on a non-record vote, that appeared to be 11 against the motion and 10 for it.


b_asinbeer 12 years, 4 months ago

I hope this doesn't mean that our representatives are against saving lives.....because that's what it sounds like to me if you look at it from a broad perspective.

Jayhawk226 12 years, 4 months ago

Hmmmm, Kansas move to the national forefront for something research-based and POSITIVE.

Surely a terrible idea.

Bruce Bertsch 12 years, 4 months ago

This is about RESEARCH not hospital care. Its about the ability to garner large amounts of research $$$ so the state doesn't have to pony up more cash. This is the opposite of a shakedown.

Lives may be lost because of the inablility to complete needed cancer research. That is neither disingenuous nor a scare tactic. It's called the truth.

trinity 12 years, 4 months ago

hey now, we got Tom Skerritt doing our tv commercials...current situation can't be all bad??

cms 12 years, 4 months ago

When do we as a society say enough when it comes to throwing money into healthcare? Most families can not afford medical care even if they have medical coverage. What is the cost break point?

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