First Alerts

Senate Budget Eliminates $1 Billion in Special Item Funding

Last week we reported on how the House and Senate budget proposals were shaping up to look very different. This week we find an example of just how different.

House and Senate Budget Proposals Looking Very Different

Texas legislators in the House and Senate have begun one of their most important tasks, budgeting. As the early versions of each budget have been released, it is plain they have different goals in mind.

According to the Texas Tribune article, Analysis: Legislators start with a $5.3 billion difference of opinion, the Senate aims to make at least $690 million in cuts to higher education, while the House calls for legislators to find funding for programs or cut the programs altogether.

No Change Expected for Hazlewood

 KXAN Austin reports the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision, keeping Hazlewood Act restricted to veterans who enlisted in Texas. SCOTUS rules based on the stand taht Texas has the irght to regulate their education system. 

As the 85th Legislature beings, there is no hint our lawmakers will decide to modify the Legacy Component of Hazlewood, leaving it an unfunded mandate affecting not only tuition costs for all students, but overall university budgets as well.

Senate Committee on State Affairs: Interim Charge #7

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick set seven interim charges for the Senate Committee on State Affairs to research during the interim. In this First Alert, we will review the Committee recommendations for Governor Patrick’s seventh charge, which instructed committee members to monitor the implementation of campus carry.

Senate Interim Charge #2 Performance-Based Funding

Lt. Dan Patrick set eight interim charges for the Senate Committee on Higher Education to research during the interim. In this First Alert, we will review the recommendations for Lt. Governor Patrick’s second charge, performance-based funding of universities.