Our new Democratic governor, Elliot Spitzer, is unveiling his massive budget plans today, and in that is
$600k$100 million for stem cell research in 2007/2008. On the ballet in 2008 will be a $1.5 billion bond to fully fund stem cell research in this state.
Guess I just got fully sucked into local politics!
Edited to add complete text, courtesy of Laurie.
Stem Cell and Innovation Fund Bond Act.
In 2008, voters will be asked to approve a $1.5 billion Stem Cell and Innovation Fund Bond Act to ensure that New York is at the leading edge of the global innovation economy. To capitalize on the far-ranging economic and medical benefits of this promising field, the 2007-08 Executive Budget provides $100 million to support initial investments in this area. In total, the Budget would provide $2.1 billion over an eleven-year period, including the bond act and an additional $500 million in planned annual appropriations once the bond act is approved.