Legislators Snub Mag Lab in Special Session

Tallahassee's high magnetic field lab, a one of a kind research facility in need of repairs and $10 million, came up empty handed this session. German scientists have come to the capital city to spend valuable time in this cell at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, but a decision made inside the chamber could compound the research being done here.

When lawmakers approved a $310 million package to lure Scripps, a bio-tech research institute, to the sunshine state, the mag lab was left out of the mix, which needed $10 dollars to keep this decade old facility running.

With local dollars now in limbo some question how this will affect funding on a national level.

"What I'm more afraid of is the message we've sent not just to NSF but to others even those who might want to use Scripps about the seriousness of Florida's economic development and research," says FSU President T.K. Wetherell.

Others fear this snub sends a strong statement about the bond between Florida and the feds. The deadline to apply for a new contract is just around the bend. Without refurbishing, lab officials say the national science foundation could look for another university to house the lab.

Mag lab and Florida State University officials hope the legislature will address the issue of funding during its regular session in the spring.


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