Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Moffitt Cancer Center in line for $10 million research boost from Legislature

TALLAHASSEE — House and Senate leaders will likely give an extra $10 million to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute this year.

The Tampa-based institute has spent years lobbying for new money to use toward a $371 million expansion effort that could produce up to 1,400 permanent new jobs.

Lawmakers stopped short of promising to fund the new campus, instead proposing a $10 million one-time earmark in the state's health care budget.

The money isn't tied to a specific program but is expected to help fund new research teams.

"We are really happy and we are very grateful for this because it is a very difficult time for the state," said Jamie Wilson, the center's lobbyist.

Located at the University of South Florida Tampa, the center already receives $10.8 million in its share of state higher education dollars. That is expected to be continued next year.

The one-time allocation is part of a $50 million earmark for medical research. State budget negotiators also agreed to direct $40 million to the state's two main research grant programs.

Lawmakers said cancer research funding has been traditionally shielded during the state's annual budget battles, partially because of Florida's reputation as a breeding ground for cancerous diseases.

With its aging population and sunny skies, Florida was second only to California in new cancer cases and cancer deaths last year, according to the American Cancer Society. The state saw a total of 102,210 new cases and 41,270 deaths in Florida in 2009.

The Moffitt Center, named after former House speaker H. Lee Moffitt, is also praised as a high-wage job producer — coveted employment in a tourism-heavy economy, said Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, an advocate of the earmark.

"It is not only a cancer center that helps many Floridians all over the state of Florida, but it is also a huge economic driver in the Tampa Bay area," he said.

Moffitt Cancer Center in line for $10 million research boost from Legislature 04/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs' annual Women of RED preseason party attracts nearly 2,000


    TAMPA — Theresa Jones is primarily a college football fan, but she wanted to get a taste of the Bucs. So the 46-year-old Tampa resident bought a ticket for the team's Women of RED Ultimate Football Party at Raymond James Stadium on Friday.

    Lee White of Seminole tries on a helmet at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers female fans descended upon Raymond James Stadium for the ultimate football party, the 2017 Women of RED: The Takeover, supported by Moffitt Cancer Center. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times

  2. Bucs' Ali Marpet: Move to center could pay off big


    TAMPA — No player works as closely with Jameis Winston as the center. Only those two touch the ball on every play. Together they make — if you will — snap judgements about defensive alignments.

     Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ali Marpet #74 warm up prior to preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) 700069805
  3. Inside the Rays continuing historically bad slump


    The numbers tell the story of the Rays inexplicable ongoing offensive slump, and the words detail how tough it has been to deal with.

  4. How Rays' Chris Archer is branching out on Twitter

    The Heater

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer (22) leans on the railing of the dugout during the All-Star game at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

  5. Candidates for governor get emotional talking about their gay siblings


    Occasionally in today's hyper-rehearsed and contrived world of political campaigns one witnesses moments that are so honest and real, we can't help but understand we're not just listening to another politician give his or her stump speech; We're listening to a human being who understands personal pain at least as well …

    Chris King talking to reporters in Tallahassee