USF Byrd takeover clears Senate committee
A senate health committee unanimously approved the proposal to move the Johnnie Byrd Sr. Alzheimer's Center under the authority of USF, a move opposed by the Byrd Center board but pushed by USF officials. Next and last stop before the Senate floor is the higher ed appropriations committee, but Byrd representatives are holding out some hope for changing the proposal in their favor on the House side.
Also, the Senate wants to cut the center's $13.5-million annual budget to $5-million. And the House proposes cutting it to $3.5-million.
"If you don't believe in Alzheimer's research, fine, just say it," said Byrd spokeswoman Melanie Meyer. "But we put $2-million a year alone just to match federal grants."