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

FORMER TEXAS COMMISSIONER PENS COMMENTARY ON CUTS TO HIGHER ED

Kenneth H. Ashworth, Long-Serving Texas Commissioner of Higher Education and current TACT member, has written a compelling guest editorial on the cause and effects of higher education defunding. To read the article titled, Commentary: Texas’ future unravels with budget cuts to higher education, in the myStatesman, click HERE. This opinion comes just a day after TACT delivered letters to members of the Appropriations Conference Committee encouraging larger appropriations, particularly for student aid and special items.

Call to Action to Support University Funding

The Conference Committee is working on a budget for Higher Ed from the proposed House and Senate 2018-2019 budgets. As reported in our previous First Alert, The Senate has proposed the more conservative budget bill, which includes 6-10 percent funding reductions for each university and eliminates the special item appropriations. To see how your campus may be impacted, click the link below:

http://tact.org/2017/Docs/Higher_Ed_Funds.pdf

House and Senate Budget Conferees Named – Call to Action to Support University Funding

Possibly the most important Legislative issue this session for TACT and Texas faculty is the two-year budget being debated as we speak. The Lt. Governor and House Speaker have named their budget conferees, who will seek compromise between the adopted budgets of each chamber.

Hazlewood Act Scrutinized by House Committee

For several years, the TACT Legislative Agenda has included an item to reduce the unfunded mandate of the Hazlewood Act – free tuition for Texas veterans. Since 2009, a Legacy component allows those benefits to be passed to the vets children, and the cost to universities is growing every year.

TACT’s position is for the Legislature to either fund the program or make changes to lessen the costs to universities.

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