- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Board of Regents wants the state spend $26 million to jump-start a UNLV medical school that proponents say would help alleviate the region’s shortage of medical specialists.

The board voted Tuesday to add the $26 million to its budget proposal submitted to Gov. Brian Sandoval. He’ll decide in January whether to include it in his proposed budget to lawmakers.

KSNV-TV reports (https://tinyurl.com/qepugfc) the money would help pay for a staff of specialists and faculty to get the project off the ground. UNLV would have to raise about $100 million more to construct a building and start the programs.

UNLV hopes a donor who wants to name the medical school will pay for most of those costs.

If the Legislature approves the seed money, the school could open as early as 2016.

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Information from: KSNV-TV, https://www.mynews3.com/index.php

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