Byrd setback for USF?
The latest House/Senate health budget proposal would leave the Byrd Alzheimer's Center outside of USF's control, and would provide zero new funding for 2008-09. Brandon Sen. Ronda Storms proposed the same in an amendment that failed on the floor last week. The proposal could change in conference, but the sentiment is notable.
USF is lobbying hard to assume control over the center, which would generate lots of rsearch dollars but has been controversial ever since former Speaker Johnnie Byrd established it. But Byrd lobbyists are fighting just as hard to maintain the research center's independence.
The center would not be bankrupt next year should lawmakers decide not to gie any new money. The center has more than $15-million in reserves.