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Jeb Bush, Merck, and Moffitt


Florida governor Jeb Bush wants to give Merck & Co $15 million in state money in order to help them form a cancer research partnership with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Sen. Rudy Garcia has asked for a deferment of approval of the funds. He said:

"I'm very leery. 'Pay us now and we'll do great work, and then we'll do the best for the people of Florida' - I want to know exactly what that means ... Once we release the money, it's gone."

Others are concerned that taxpayers haven't been given enough information about the deal and how the money will be allocated.

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