(From NewsDay.com). The latest proposal for public funding of stem cell research has been floated in New Jersey: "New Jersey would invest $500 million in stem cell research under a proposal acting Gov. Richard J. Codey is expected to unveil next week in his State of the State address. ... Cohen, who favors a $1 billion investment, said legislation to put the initiative on the November ballot could be ready for introduction in three months." The New Jersey initiative is one of the more advanced of a number of similar proposals and debates in other US states. We still need to do away with anti-research legislation at the federal level, however, as this continues to damage private investment in regenerative medicine research.