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AUSTIN-The Texas Tribune reports that the state House of Representatives has given tentative approval to billions of dollars in bonds for improvements and construction on university and college campuses throughout the state. Senators gave the go-ahead on Senate Bill 16, which authorized $2.4 billion, but will revisit the proposal, as the House increased the total to $2.7 billion. SB 16 also includes Tuition Revenue Bonds for 60 projects at 58 institutions and system offices that total $4.1 billion.

The article points out that the Texas Legislature (which meets biannually) is typically expected to pass a package of TRBs — which  — every other regular session, but no such authorizations have been made since 2006. Meanwhile the wish list of new facilities for higher education around the state has grown.

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