Legislative

Lt. Governor appoints members of Higher Ed Funding Committee

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointments of Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills; Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels; and Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, to the Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding. Sen. Hancock has been designated as co-chair. Upon making the appointments Lt. Gov. Patrick said:

Legislative Special Session Opinion

The following was recently published by State Representative Helen Giddings

AUSTIN — Last month, Gov. Greg Abbott called a special legislative session, declaring, "If I'm going to ask taxpayers to foot the bill for a special session, I intend to make it count." He proceeded to lay out 19 items for our consideration, including a new "bathroom bill" to regulate local school district policies, a "revenue cap" to regulate local municipalities, and new abortion reporting burdens to regulate local hospitals.

Legislative Special Session

With the Special Legislative Session beginning this week, the spotlight is not on higher education, though TACT will continue to monitor issues for those affecting faculty. The Governor has only mentioned 20 issues that might be fair game during these 30 days, but already hundreds of pieces of legislation have been filed. As always, many bills address public education, which TACT emphasized as a priority during the Regular Session. The bills filed mentioning higher education are limited to:

2017 Legislative Session in Review Highlights

Adequate funding was the number one issue for the Texas Association of College Teachers (TACT). The initial legislative appropriations bill introduced in January was harsh toward universities, with cuts ranging from six to ten percent. Higher education appropriations had fared well in 2015, but the Texas Comptroller’s revenue estimate for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 did not promise any extra gravy to spread around. In late May, the contrast between competing House and Senate versions exceeded a billion dollars.

Higher Education Funding Appropriations 2018-19

Take a look to see how the budget funding affected your school. To see a full list with comparison to the 2016-17 appropriations, click HERE

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