The 84th Texas Legislature is past its midpoint, but still too early to measure. While there seems to be plenty of money to spend wisely, the House and Senate budgets are far apart in style if not substance. TRS-Care for retirees has been plugged, but the markers for tax reductions are becoming lines in the sand – leading some to predict a special session if only to adopt a budget.
Join us for the 2015 TACT Spring Leadership Conference
Attend the TACT Spring Conference and Capitol Visits! Join us February 27th at the Embassy Suites Central – Austin (5901 North IH 35, Austin, 78723) for breakfast at the hotel and then leave for the Capitol at 8:30am. Tickets are only $40 for a full day of learning, networking and lobbying for YOUR salary and retirement!
Senate State Affairs Committee will accept testimony on Senate Bill 11 and other guns on campus legislation beginning at 9:00 AM, Thursday, February 12. If you would like to express your opinion in advance of the hearing, you may email the members below using this convention:
TACT was an early and loud advocate for the Legislature to fund the Hazlewood Act, legislation that provides free tuition to military veterans and their children. According to an article today in the Austin American-Statesman, universities absorbed the $169 million cost last year for 40,000 students while being reimbursed only $15 million. The Legislative Budget Board estimates that the cost to universities, or the state if our appropriation request is enacted, will rise to $380 million by 2019.