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.

TACT First Alert 2-6-2018

Last chance to register for TACT’s 2018 Spring Legislative Day which will be held on February 16th at the Texas State Capitol. We will meet in The Rotunda at 8:30 AM and begin meetings at 9:00 AM. Your attendance is a great way to voice your opinon on issues important to you and experience TACT in action. RSVP: Abby at office@tact.org. There is no charge.

Higher Education Hates New Tax Bills

• Tuition waivers: House tax bill would make waived tuition taxable for many grad and doctoral students who have their tuition waived in exchange for teaching.

• University Employees: Will be taxed on any tuition or benefits received for their children because they work at the University.

• Student Loan Interest: House bill eliminates claiming a deduction on student loan interest

Speaker Straus to Retire and Senate Interim Chargers

Reports are that House Speaker Joe Straus will not run for reelection….

Lt. Governor’s Dan Patrick has released his interim charges including:

Higher Education Committee

Texas House of Representatives Speaker Joe Straus releases Interim Charges For House Committee on Higher Education

1. Determine, to the extent possible, the scope of financial losses to 2- and 4-year institutions, including facilities, that resulted from Hurricane Harvey. Recommend possible state actions to mitigate any negative impact on institutions and ensure governance structures and parameters allow for effective responses. Review the educational opportunities offered to students displaced by Harvey throughout the state. Recommend any changes that could improve the process and what additional services might be needed for these displaced students.

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