Wednesday, November 01, 2006

$150 Million Snared in 'Red Tape'?

"Red tape and election year politics" apparently have delayed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's promised $150 million loan to the California stem cell agency, according to The Associated Press.

Reporter Paul Elias has written a follow on our report (see item below). Elias said:

"'This is a unique and extremely complicated financial transaction with a lot of moving parts,' said California Department of Finance spokesman H.D Palmer. 'It has taken a little bit longer than anticipated, but nobody has been slow on this.'"
Palmer's position is much different than that of Schwarzenegger in July when he indicated, in a politically timed announcement, that the money would be made available promptly. His aides also said they expected funds the paperwork to be completed in mid-August.

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