COLLIER COUNTY - The Jackson Laboratory may be a step closer coming to Collier County.

Funding for the project just passed a major hurdle in Congress.

Under the plan, the state will get $800 million from the federal government for Medicaid benefits.  That allows the state to spend money on other needs, including paying $50 million for the first year of funding Jackson Labs. 

The state and the county have to contribute $130 million for the deal to go through.