Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Science Foundation sues over state budget sweep

Science Foundation Arizona is suing the State of Arizona for breach of contract over the sweep of funds the organization had already contractually spent. SFA wants $18.5 million returned. There are a number of convolutions to the legal issues here that are well described in the Arizona Capitol Times story yesterday.

The Legislature zeroed out the Foundation's entire state funding of $22.5 million midway through the fiscal year, after much of it had been obligated.

A lot of the funding was granted to researchers at the state's universities, so the cancellation of projects that professors thought were approved, has served as a double whammy to university budgets overall.

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