By PE News
on May 25, 2010 6:39 AM

A state Senate budget subcommittee Monday approved shifting $15 million in the University of California’s existing budget to help pay for start-up costs at UC Riverside’s medical school.

With millions already raised in federal money and private donations, the school has left the station, said state Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar. “It’s one of those things that’s pretty hard to retreat from,” Huff said.

A UC official also vouched for the medical school. But Patrick Lenz, UC’s vice president for budget, didn’t sound too thrilled with the idea of lawmakers taking $15 million in existing UC funding instead of providing new money for the school.

A representative of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office was even more skeptical.

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