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Another Vote Possible On Stem Cell Funding

Publication Date: 
November 21, 2008
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Terri Somers

Professor Michael Klausner is quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune in a story about funding for stem cell research and its governance:

State voters will probably get a chance to extend taxpayer funding of stem cell research beyond the $3 billion they have already committed, the head of the state stem cell institute told the Little Hoover Commission yesterday.

Advertisement If voters like what the stem cell institute has accomplished after its first 10 years, they could pass a sequel to Proposition 71, the initiative that created the institute, said Robert Klein, its chairman.

Klein continued to show unflinching confidence in the stem cell initiative, even though it was subject to yet another inquiry because of questions about its structure and governance.

The Little Hoover Commission's inquiry was requested by Sens. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, and George Runner, R-Antelope Valley, who want the watchdog agency's guidance on how the institute might be improved.

Klein pointed out in his testimony that the institute has had plenty of oversight from state officials, both elected and appointed. There have been reviews by the state Audit Bureau, the state controller and an audit board created by Proposition 71, he said.


The board's size, at 29 members, makes it inefficient, said several observers. And it is unusual that it has no members whose sole interest is that of the taxpayers, said Michael Klausner, a Stanford Law School expert on nonprofit governance.