Still no word on TRBs, despite requests from representatives


While Texas Gov. Rick Perry has added legislation on transportation, abortion and life-sentences to the special session’s agenda, he has not added an item on tuition revenue bonds, despite requests from representatives.

In the closing days of the regular session, Texas lawmakers failed to come to an agreement on a bill that would grant more than $2 million to higher education institutions across Texas for construction projects through tuition revenue bonds. While called tuition revenue bonds, this funding actually comes from the state, and not tuition.

Earlier this week, 69 lawmakers from the Texas House sent a signed letter to the governor, asking him to add tuition revenue bonds to the special session. There are 150 members in the House. Forty of the signatures came from Democrats and 29 came from Republicans. Seven of the nine members of the House Committee on Higher Ed also signed the letter.

“The failure will have a substantial impact on higher education in Texas,” the letter said. “Many projects will be put on hold for at least another two years, and some may disappear altogether.”

The letter was sent to the governor on Monday.

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