First Alerts

HB 894 Committee Hearing Requested - Your Response Needed

Representative Jim McReynolds has requested that his HB 894 - the TACT-backed bill that would study faculty salaries relative to comparable schools in other populous state - be heard by the House Higher Education Committee on Monday morning, March 26.  That date has NOT been confirmed.

You can help two ways:

Call committee members to register your support.

Legislative Visits Follow-up

You will read more soon about TACT's Legislative Conference and Capitol visits this past weekend, but here's Monday's update:

Subcommittee Considers ORP Rate Increase

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, chaired by Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, is scheduled to consider today the Legislative Budget Board recommendation on funding levels for the Optional Retirement Program.

TACT registered its support with the Subcommittee for the LBB recommendation, which increases the minimum contribution from 6% to 6.4% of salary.  The increase is consistent with the amount needed to fix the actuarial soundness of the Teacher Retirement System.

Faculty Salary Bill: HB 894

State Representative Jim McReynolds has again filed a bill at TACT's request which seeks to increase Texas faculty salaries to the average of the other top ten most populous states over the course of eight years.

The legislation, HB 894, may be viewed by clicking HERE.



State of the State Address

Governor Rick Perry is expected to include certain details of his higher education plan for this session during his Constitutionally-required State of the State Address Tuesday, Feb.