Tampa Bay Delegation fights for Moffitt Center money

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A state senator from Tampa is trying to prevent cuts to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, but said he didn? envision it would be so difficult. “It’s been tougher to pull people along for the funding on this hospital than I would have ever imagined,” Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, told the Tampa Tribune for a story Tuesday, reports the News Service of Florida. While money from cigarette taxes for an expansion of the cancer hospital, the third busiest in the nation, was restored from a previous cut this week at the request of Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, backers acknowledge its an uphill battle to get the funding. The center would lose about $10 million in money that went to a genetics research project under a House proposal. A Senate proposal would cut about $5 million from Moffitt? budget for training.

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