There appears to be no chance that more than $2 billion in university-construction bonds will make it onto the agenda for the special legislative session that ends June 25. Passage of the bond package could have meant $166 million for projects in El Paso. Two different versions of the bonds died in a House-Senate squabble when the regular session ended on May 27.
Gov. Rick Perry called the special session just after the regular one ended. But at first he put only redistricting on the agenda. He later added transportation funding and anti-abortion legislation. The Austin American Statesman reported that at a press conference this morning, the governor said he would not add anything else.
Scores of legislators have appealed to Perry, saying Texas universities are bursting at the seams and are in great need of new infrastructure. The state is the fastest-growing in the country, but the Legislature hasn't passed tuition-revenue bonds since 2006.