Legislative

TACT Legislative Successes During the Past Three Years

1. Led movement to defeat Guns on Campus legislation for six years until it passed in 2015 with the TACT amendments permitting opt-out for private universities and faculty offices.

2. Initiated attention to the phrase “unfunded mandate” regarding Hazelwood legislation.

3. Contributed to significantly increased higher education appropriations during 2015 Legislative Session.

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Senate Committee Examines Funding Models

The Senate Higher Education Committee convened today to take testimony about alternative methods of university finance, such as competency-based and performance funding models. Currently, an all-funds model is used, primarily involving a contact hour formula system.

Special Item Funding

The Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding met today for only the second, but possibly last, time. Their report is due in June. You may remember that last session, the initial Senate Finance Bill zeroed out the $1.1 Billion formerly known as Special Item Funding for universities. TACT, with others, spent much effort reinstating most of the funds to the approved budget, but they’re still on the firing line.

Formula Funding Committee Convenes

The Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding met yesterday for the first of two scheduled meetings before its June report is due. The expected discussion on the $1.1 Billion issue of Special Item appropriations was scheduled for February 27.

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