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Roswell Park Cancer Institute CEO Dr. Donald Trump. Photo: Roswell Park
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Roswell park faces state cuts, lobbies for alternatives

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The Roswell Park Cancer Institute relies on $100 million in taxpayer funding each year. Governor Cuomo wants to zero out that budget line for the Buffalo research facility by 2014.

As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, Roswell officials accept that state funding will likely be reduced. They fanned out through Albany this week trying to work out the best deal possible.

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Beyond the words of Governor’s Andrew Cuomo’s blustering budget speech is the fine print of the actual spending proposal.

Hospital and research hub Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is set to receive $100 million in 2012 if Cuomo’s budget is enacted as is. But this year, the funds come with a catch.

According to Cuomo’s budget, RPCI should “expand its collaboration in the Buffalo region … to allow for a transition from state support” by the end of March 2014.  

In other words, RPCI will have to wean itself off state funding in just a few years.

In other words, RPCI disagrees with the governor’s spending plan, to put it lightly. Expect hospital officials to make a fuss ahead of legislative wrangling over the budget. Just because the threat of a funding cutoff exists in Cuomo’s proposal, does not mean it’s written in stone.

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