Missouri Senate committee strikes down funding for cancer center

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 4:05 p.m. CDT; updated 4:17 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 29, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri Senate committee has voted against funding to build a replacement for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia.

The center is part of the UM Health System.

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 10-1 against spending $31 million for the project.

The money would have come from federal stimulus funds intended to reimburse the state for highway construction. Missouri might have had to repay the money if it were spent for the cancer center instead of transportation.

Lawmakers have tried for years to fund construction of a new cancer center in Columbia. Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, says the state must decide whether cancer treatment or road-building is a bigger priority.


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