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Byrd center faces cuts even before it opens




TAMPA -- The bad news could not have come at a worse time.

The Johnnie Byrd Sr. Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute faces the loss of $10-million of a $15-million state grant as it prepares to open the doors of its gleaming new headquarters in Tampa this week.

"They're potentially decimating us," says Melanie Meyer, a spokeswoman for the institute. "I don't know how you can look Floridians in the face and say this is prudent."

Cutting two-thirds of the center's annual state appropriation is on Gov. Charlie Crist's list of budget-cutting proposals submitted to legislators. The cut puts the 5-year-old institute at risk of having a new seven-story complex with deserted labs and empty corridors.

The rest of Steve Bousquet's story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:03pm]


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