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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
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Austin, Texas 78711
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Press Release
February 12, 2019
Contact: Alexa Hoisager

On the agenda: Article III Higher Education

February 12, 2019
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Texas Woman's University
Midwestern State University
Texas Southern University
Stephen F Austin University
Texas A&M University System
Texas State University System
University of North Texas System

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February 13, 2019
Texas Tech University System
University of Texas System
University of Houston System
Texas State Technical College System
Public Community/Junior Colleges

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Key Points for Today's Hearing

  • SB1 includes $157 million, an increase of $60 million, to address health care workforce shortages, specifically to maintain the state's 1.1 to 1 ratio of graduate medical education slots in relation to the number of medical school graduates;
  • SB1 includes $100M to fund the Mental Health Consortium, Senate Bill 10;
  • SB1 includes $1.08B to fund financial aid programs;
  • SB1 includes an increase of $182 million to fund our higher education institutions and restore Texas State Technical Colleges to historic funding levels.

Statement from Senator Nelson: "Texas is truly blessed with some of the finest universities and health-related institutions in the world. We need to make sure they are properly funded and that Texans have access to high-quality, affordable higher education."