Cancer center stands to lost $8 million thanks to budget vetoes

Cancer center stands to lost $8 million thanks to budget vetoes


YOU ARE WATCHING KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS, LIVE AT 10:00. SHELLY: WE’VE HEARD YOUR FRUSTRATIONS MONEY IS SO TIGHT IN NEW MEXICO, APS IS CUTTING MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS. HIRING FREEZES ARE IN PLACE AT EVERY STATE AGENCY. AND TONIGHT, MORE BAD NEWS. THE STATE’S TOP CANCER TREATMENT CENTER IN ALBUQUERQUE STANDS TO LOSE $8 MILLION BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET ACTIONS. TONIGHT, THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TELLS ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER MATT HOWERTON THE BLOW COULD IMPACT 10,000 NEW MEXICANS WHO WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER THIS YEAR. MATT: DAVID WILLIAMS OES HIS LIFE TO UNM’S COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER.>>IT WAS AMAZING THAT IT WAS HERE IN THE BACKYARD. MATT: WILLIAMS WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THROAT CANCER LAST YEAR. AND AFTER TWO MONTHS OF TREATMENT, HE FINDS OUT IF HE’S CANCER-FREE TOMORROW.>>I TRULY WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE THE BEST SERVICE AVAILABLE TO THEM, THE BEST TREATMENT AVAILABLE TO THEM, THE FACT THAT NEW MEXICO HAS THAT IS SOMETHING NEW MEXICO SHOULD BE PROUD OF, AND I’D HATE TO SEE THAT GO AWAY. MATT: BUT THAT MIGHT SOON BE A REALITY. GOVERNOR MARTINEZ RECENTLY VETOED NEARLY $800 MILLION IN A SIGNED BUDGET PACKAGE, WHICH CUT FUNDS TO HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. IF A SPECIAL SESSION ISN’T CALLED TO RESTORE HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDS, UNM’S CANCER CENTER STANDS TO LOSE $8 MILLON, — BUT THESE CUTS DON’T JUST IMPACT PATIENTS, THEY DEAL A CRUCIAL BLOW TO RESEARCH DONE HERE AT THE CENTER, ESPECIALLY FOR A CENTER THAT LEADS THE STATE IN CLINICAL TRIALS FOR NEW CANCER TREATMENTS AND CURES.>>ALL OF THIS IMPORTANT RESEARCH THAT THEY DO DEPENDS ON STATE FUNDS. MATT: WILLIAMS JUST WANTS LAWMAKERS TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION, AND FAST. >>I’VE ALWAYS BEEN CONFUSED BY POLITICIANS AND POLITICAL DECISIONS THAT ARE MADE THAT ARE COUNTER TO PUBLIC INTEREST. MATT: MATT HOWERTON, KOAT, ACTION 7 NEWS. SHELLY: GOVERNOR MARTINEZ SAYS SHE MADE THE VETOES BECAUSE LAWMAKERS SENT HER A BUDGET THAT WOULD RAISE TAXES, SOMETHING SHE DOESN’T WANT TO DO. HER OFFICE TELLS US TONIGHT, “WE HOPE TO HAVE A DEAL SOON, AND WHEN WE DO, THE GOVERNOR WILL

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