Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Abbott conspicuously silent on U.T. tuition hike

"You are of purer eyes than to behold evil,
And cannot look on wickedness.
Why do You look on those who deal treacherously,
And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours
A person more righteous than he?"
Habakkuk 1:13

Not surprising; we weren't planning to comment on this, but since the Statesman noticed (Reprinted in Full):
Gov. Greg Abbott’s silence on prospect of UT tuition increases could be telling

When Rick Perry was governor, he weighed in publicly twice when the UT System Board of Regents was about to increase tuition and mandatory fees — and in both cases the regents backed off. Some might say that is an appropriate role for the state’s chief executive. Others might call it meddling, as state law puts governing boards of public universities in charge of tuition.

Thus far, Perry’s successor, Greg Abbott, has remained silent, at least publicly, regarding the UT board’s plan to give favorable consideration to 2 percent increases in each of the next two academic years for the system’s 14 campuses. The campuses will also have an opportunity to seek even higher increases if they can show the proceeds would help boost graduation rates and address other high priorities. The regents are expected to take up the matter in February.

In contrast, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick — a Republican, like the current and former governors — issued a statement Thursday, a day before the regents met, urging them to hold the line on tuition.

I asked Abbott’s press office for the governor’s view on the UT board’s plan and received no comment. Which actually might say a lot. Abbott’s silence on the matter could suggest that he’s trusting his appointees to the board, as well as those named by his predecessor, to do their jobs as they see fit, even if it entails a tuition increase. Stay tuned.
Yet somehow he finds time to comment on the Cowboys defense.

Also, it's worth noting that all three of Abbott's regents (David Beck, Steve Hicks, and Sarah Tucker) voted for the tuition hike.

Bottom Line: The contrast with Dan Patrick speaks for itself.

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