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.