SPECIAL UPDATE: ACS Priorities Included in Budget Deal
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Legislature’s FY 2012-13 budget negotiations have culminated in some significant victories for the American Cancer Society and its mission. The appropriations conference committee agreement published late today includes funding for all three of our top session priorities:
BREAST CANCER SCREENING - In a late development, and our biggest win, $1,236,473 in state money has been earmarked for screening through the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This constitutes the full ask for our number one session priority, and marks the first time the state will have invested its own dollars to augment the federal screening program for medically underserved women.
BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH - Florida's two peer-reviewed and competitive biomedical research programs, the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program, are set to receive $7,150,000 and $5,000,000 respectively in the new fiscal year, which begins July 1st. Additionally, a number of institutions engaged in cancer research will be receiving substantial legislative appropriations.
TOBACCO PREVENTION AND EDUCATION -.The House and Senate budget conferees have agreed to a $64,289,944 appropriation for the Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco Prevention and Education Program. This is very close to the Society's recommendation; moreover, the categorical allocations within the program are generally consistent with CDC guidelines and best practices for tobacco control.
Today's formalized agreement paves the way for the Legislature to complete its session, which is scheduled to adjourn this Friday, on time. More complete details on the session's results will be available at that juncture. The Legislature is on track to officially adopt the budget Friday, after which the FY 2012-13 spending plan will go to the Governor for his action.
Please continue to stay tuned for additional updates, and be ready to respond to calls to action if they are issued in the final days of session.
As always, updated information on the American Cancer Society’s legislative priorities can be found at www.acscan.org/florida.
Yours in the Fight,
Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy
American Cancer Society, Florida Division