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Med school festivities put off due to budget battles

Compiled from Regents' news release, media reports

Summary:

Because of state budget negotiations, plans for a celebration of the expanded medical school in downtown Phoenix have been postponed pending the approval of necessary funding by the Arizona State Legislature.

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Because of state budget negotiations, plans for a celebration of the expanded medical school in downtown Phoenix have been postponed pending the approval of necessary funding by the Arizona State Legislature.

The Phoenix Program of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, in partnership with the Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University, the City of Phoenix, and the Arizona Commission on Medical Education and Research had scheduled a construction "kick-off ceremony" on the future site of the medical school near Van Buren and Fifth Streets. Organizers are aiming to have the school operational by fall 2006.

Since Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a state budget that did not include funding for the medical school a month ago, the Legislature has not yet forwarded her a revised budget.

"Regardless of the politics that surround the state's budget process, Arizona's university system will continue to work to address this important issue," said ABOR president Gary Stuart said in a news release issued yesterday.