Gov. Rick Perry claims legislative success
for higher education at ACU
June 6, 2001
On campus at Abilene Christian University today, Gov.
Rick Perry said, "The one piece of legislation I'm most
proud of is the Texas grant legislature."
The Texas legislative session that recently ended
provided $82.2 million each for the years 2002 and 2003 for
TEG grants - a $20 million increase over the $62.2 million
each for the years of 2000 and 2001.
"That means more West Texas young men and women will show
up at the doors of McMurry, Hardin-Simmons and Abilene
Christian," Perry said. "The citizens of the Abilene area
can be proud of a number of accomplishments that will
benefit this area. Tuition equalization grants were
increased by $40 million, helping financially needy students
at private universities like Abilene Christian
Speaking to a crowd of more than 100 in ACU's Mabee
Business Building atrium, Perry declared the recently
completed 77th session of the Texas Legislature a success,
saying lawmakers "made great strides on behalf of future
generations of Texans."
He detailed a long list of session accomplishments,
noting that education - particularly higher education - was
a big winner. The increase in funding for grants will offer
more students from low- and moderate-income families the
opportunity to attend college.
"Sixty-five thousand young Texans will have the
opportunity to go to an institution of higher learning
because of the Texas grant programs," Perry said. "The best
economic development tool is an education. The best crime
prevention tool is an education. The best welfare prevention
tool is an education."
All of these efforts contribute to Texas being a better
place to live, he said.
"That's really what we're all about - making this a
better place to live for all Texans," he said.
See related Abilene Reporter-News story:
says education won out during session
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