New Service for Members

In order for TACT Members to follow all of the twists and turns with what is expected to be an exciting legislative session, we have included a “Legislative Tracker” on the TACT website. It can be found here. It contains a list of bills that TACT is currently following, as well as a link to all the information about the bill, including the complete text, history, and current status in the Legislature.

Austin American-Statesman Editorial Board Agrees with TACT

Today in the Austin American-Statesman the Editorial Board penned this Editorial that agrees with TACT about the harmful nature of Outcome Based Higher Education standards. They argue that during this time of budget shortfalls for the state that higher education on all levels shouldn’t be forced to make cuts when enrollment rates are surging at more than 12.2% for two-year public schools.

Why You Should Get Involved TODAY.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts told a group of Capitol insiders on Tuesday, “If you never had a lobbyist before, you better go and get one.” Fortunately, TACT enjoys the services of a registered lobbyist, and your profession would be well served by having a larger membership contributing towards that expense.

Chairman Pitts predicted that the introduced Appropriation Bill will include “significant cuts to Higher Education, and that is before any enrollment growth is even considered, as it is the highest area of discretionary spending.” His intention is that the bill as finally adopted will be less punishing. He is hopeful that the Legislature will use the rainy day fund to close the gap of the current biennial shortfall, but was pessimistic about using it to address the future structural deficit. Unfortunately, it was just reported today that further budget cuts will be required. Now that everything is on the table, college financial aid has become a new target for cuts.

Pre-Filing for the 82nd Legislature is Under Way

Now that the election season is over, we have turned our focus into following what is going on in the large domed building in the middle of Downtown. Here are just a few of the bills we are looking at. For a more complete list, please see the eBulletin you will receive soon.

HB 86 - Concealed Carry on College Campuses - By David Simpson Allows for anyone with a Texas concealed handgun license to carry on a college campus, or inside of any building of which an activity sponsored by the institution is being conducted.

Student Financial Aid may take significant hit in next session

The Austin American-Statesman reports today that student financial aid may be slashed by up to $108 million in the next two-year budget. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board met in Austin this week to discuss recommendations on cost efficiencies in higher education.

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