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Med school funds comes through in budget deal

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Summary:

After nearly a two-month stalemate, the Arizona Legislature and Gov. Janet Napolitano reached a budget agreement that includes $7 million to fund first-year expenses for the proposed Phoenix branch of the University of Arizona medical school in partnership with Arizona State University

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After nearly a two-month stalemate, the Arizona Legislature and Gov. Janet Napolitano reached a budget agreement that includes $7 million to fund first-year expenses for the proposed Phoenix branch of the University of Arizona medical school in partnership with Arizona State University.

Concluding weeks of protracted negotiations, Napolitano and House and Senate Republican leadership finally agreed on an $8.2 billion state budget for FY 2005-2006 that includes money for initial expenses of the UA medical school extension on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Conservative Republicans, reluctant to allocate funds for Arizona's second medical school, conceded the $7 million to the governor, moderate Republicans, and Democrats pushing for it; in turn, Napolitano agreed to a modified school-voucher program that comes in the form of corporate tuition tax credits.

According to the Arizona Republic, the finalized budget deal sets aside $3.5 million for UA to hire faculty and staff for the Phoenix campus, and $3.5 million with which to purchase equipment and capital resources pending a legislative study.

The 12-member Arizona Commission on Medical Education and Research (ACMER), which has been making plans for the medical school since the its inception in August 2004, will present its preliminary findings to Gov. Napolitano at its June meeting.


For more information:

" 'Historic' budget deal reached," Arizona Republic, 05/06/2005

"Budget includes $7M for UA medical school," Tucson Citizen, 05/07/2005

ACMER website