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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.

Tech Shooting Proves Guns and Campuses Don’t Mix

Prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Lubbock’s slain policeman and the entire Texas Tech University community.

Don’t tell me that recent “guns on campus” legislation didn’t contribute to this incident because the perpetrator was too young for a concealed handgun license. The law was another societal statement that guns are OK.

Registration Open for Capitol Visits

You can now register for the TACT Fall Conference and Legislative Visits, October 27 and 28, by replying to this email or calling 512-419-9275.