Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Coming U.T. Tuition Increase

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
Romans 8:28

So it's done:
All three of Gov. Greg Abbott's University of Texas regent appointees were confirmed by the Texas Senate on Wednesday. 
Current UT System Regent Steve Hicks — who was reappointed by Abbott — and new appointees David Beck and Sara Martinez Tucker were confirmed by sizable majorities two weeks after being grilled by senators during their nominations hearing for more than five hours.
Martinez Tucker was the sole appointee confirmed unanimously. Three senators —Konni Burton, R-Colleyville; Bob Hall, R-Edgewood; and Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown — voted against confirming Beck. Two — Burton and Hall — voted against confirming Hicks.
Obviously, this website does not support these regents...oh well.

The Silver Lining: he U.T. politburo is going to overreach this fall.  In addition to these new regents, we have a new chancellor, and we're about have a new president.  We expect the new folks to use their honeymoon period, right after the legislature leaves town, to push through a massive tuition increase this fall.

When that happens there will be a backlash that will make the legislature rue the day they allowed these Regents to assume office without asking for anything in return.

It gets better.

While the legislature won't stop this tuition increase, the timing means that the backlash will occur at the beginning of Republican legislative primary season.  Republican primary voters have only recently figured this issue out, but they've woken up.  We dare ANY Republican legislator to defend the progressive Higher Education bureaucrats on the heels of a massive tuition increase.

One final piece of advice to legislators: repeal tuition "deregulation" before you leave town...or face the consequences.

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