Life Sciences Center

By  | 

The state House and Senate have different ideas for a new life science center in Michigan.

The Senate today approved next year's higher education budget that sets aside 10 (M) million dollars for the new center at Western Michigan University.

Meanwhile, the House approved a spending plan for the Department of Career Development that spends $10 million on a life science center, but it doesn't designate a location.

The two chambers each will have to consider the other's plan before they go to Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Western Michigan lawmakers said it's important to put the life sciences center in that region to keep scientists and researchers there after Pfizer's acquisition of the former Pharmacia.

However, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Shulman said there would be more oversight of the facility if the funding was provided through the Department of Career Development budget.