Initiative must wait in line for dollars, GOP lawmakers say
By PAUL GORES
Posted: Dec. 8, 2004
Republican lawmakers say Gov. Jim Doyle’s plans for a $375 million biomedical and technology research institute might have a hard time getting funding.
With Wisconsin facing a projected budget deficit of $1.6 billion, Doyle’s initiative to bolster the state’s position in biotechnology will have to get in line with everything else that needs money, some legislative leaders say.
“With the state’s limited dollars, it’s going to be extremely tough,” said state Rep. Dean Kaufert of Neenah, who is co-chairman of the Assembly’s Joint Committee on Finance. “I mean, the governor’s going to have to pull one out of his hat as far as coming up with some funds (for) this program.”