As I read it, they seem to have discovered it but don't want to jump the gun and call it a fact yet. As far as the funding goes, here's the best info I found... http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/Abo ... al-en.html
I do agree it's an expensive endeavor, but the implications of some of these discoveries could give us things you can't even comprehend the monetary value of. Maybe not for us, or maybe not even for our children, but eventually I think it'll pay off.
Things like this Higs Boson could actually give us the ability to work with anti-gravity type devices, and some of the other particles and the way they react could solve energy problems globally.
I don't claim to be a scientist in any way or actually even understand most of this stuff, but I am VERY interested and my mind is blown away by some of these discoveries.
For anyone who wants there mind blown about the discovery of particles and how they react, I rereccomend this seasons episode 5 of the universe called "Microscopic Universe". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgAixWHjqlE