Senate Panel To University Of Michigan: 'Thumbing Its Nose' At Lawmakers Carries A Price

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Friday, April 20, 2012

University of Michigan could put nearly $5 million in state aid at risk by “thumbing its nose” at lawmakers by not reporting about the extent of its human embryonic stem cell research.

Members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee signed off on linking some money that the university could earn through incentives to reporting on its stem cell research. The caveat echoes concerns raised in the state House, where the school was accused of not giving lawmakers the right information.

University leaders said they were not surprised by the move, but said there is still time to iron out the dispute before the bills head to the floor for a vote.

“We're reporting the information as required,” said Cynthia Wilbanks, the university's vice president of governmental relations. “There is ample time for discussion on this issue.”

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