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Eltife files legislation to stop issuing bonds for cancer research

From the Office of Senator Kevin P. Eltife:

Senator Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, today filed a proposed constitutional amendment to discontinue issuing bonds for cancer research. The amendment would not abolish the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the agency created to approve research grants to pharmaceutical companies and other entities. Research and prevention activities could be supported by other state revenue.

"Like many Texans, I have lost a loved one to cancer and I understand the importance of research for cures and treatments," said Senator Eltife. "However, I do not support the State of Texas going into debt to accomplish these objectives, and would prefer that it be funded on a 'pay as you go' basis."

Senator Eltife did not support the constitutional amendment submitted to the voters in 2007 because of the funding mechanism. Recently, CPRIT has been beset by reports of improprieties in the grant awarding process. Proposals have already been filed in an attempt to address those problems.

"I believe this agency will be held much more accountable if they have to compete for general revenue dollars like other agencies rather than operating on borrowed tax revenue. We cannot continue to put this state further into debt and we must prioritize our spending," concluded Senator Eltife.
If passed by the House and Senate, SJR 19 would be presented to the voters on November 5, 2013.

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