AUSTIN, Texas -- This November, Texas voters will be asked to decide if the state should continue its role in bankrolling the battle against cancer.
Election Day is November 5, and you will have a say in whether the state's cancer-fighting agency should receive another $3 billion in taxpayer dollars.
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, is credited with generating more than $12 billion in economic activity. It was created in 2007 when voters initially approved $3 billion in taxpayer-funded bonds.
“What it’s done is it’s put Texas second only to the National Institutes of Health in terms of cancer research,” said Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin. “So we’ve seen cancer prevention programs throughout the state that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.”
But that money is now running low and without action, CPRIT says it will soon run out.
Click the video link above to watch our full interview with Sen. Watson and Marina Hench, the senior government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network of Texas.