Advocates seek to end state diversion of millions originally earmarked for research
ALBANY — Millions of dollars in speeding-ticket fees meant for spinal cord research are instead being funneled into the state’s general fund.
A group of researchers, patients and advocates gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to highlight the budgetary diversion.
In 1998, under Gov. George Pataki, the state passed legislation which tacked a $5 surcharge to all moving violations to finance the Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund. This fee raises about $150 million annually, and up to $8.5 million of that was intended to assist researchers. Continue Reading »