Gov. Rick Scott heralds $80M cancer research investment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida Governor, Rick Scott, was in Jacksonville Tuesday. He spoke at UF Health's Proton Therapy Institute in front of a crowd of doctors.

Scott spoke about cancer research funding as part of the "It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget."

Scott announced the rollout of an $80-million-dollar investment for cancer research.

The multi-million dollar plan was said to go towards the already existing Florida cancer centers, as well as into the National Cancer Institute.

The goal, said Scott, is to help Florida become the number one place for cancer research and treatment.

"This investment will help Florida have more nationally recognized cancer treatment and research institutions," Governor Scott said. "The funding will go toward existing cancer centers and helping them become national cancer institute designated."

First Coast News asked Governor Scott about the proposed medical marijuana bill and his views on the subject.

"Any family that has a disease that they think there is a drug or anything that can help them, my heart goes out to them. I've watched alcoholism and drug abuse impact families, so I am going to vote against it, but it's going to be on the ballot and the citizens of the state will have the right to make a decision," Scott said.

First Coast News also asked Governor Scott about his former finance co-chair, Mike Fernandez, recently stepping down.

"Gosh, he did a great job," Gov. Scott said "we've had record fundraising for the race this year. People are supporting my re-election, because they've seen the big turnaround in jobs. From losing 800,000 jobs in four years, to adding over 500,000 jobs in three years."


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