A Senate committee Thursday approved a plan that would funnel an additional $10 million a year in cigarette taxes to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center to help pay for a new research and clinical facility. The plan (SB 342) would boost the percentage of cigarette-tax revenues that the Tampa cancer center receives. Sponsor Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, said the additional money would be used to finance 30-year bonds for a new facility about a mile from Moffitt’s current site. Storms touted the project as the type of “clean industry” Florida is trying to attract. The Senate Health Regulation Committee unanimously approved the proposal. But Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, warned that the Legislature might not agree to provide the additional money to Moffitt in future years. “If I were the Moffitt cancer center, I wouldn’t make any 30-year obligations based on this money,” Gaetz said.
Via the News Service of Florida.