AUSTIN – Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sent the attached letter to Texas’ institutions of higher education:
“I am advising you that I am not approving any higher education requests to increase FTE authorizations (staff) for fiscal year 2017,” Patrick said in the letter. “Any requested increases should be presented to budget writers of the Texas Legislature.”
Previously, institutions of higher education have been allowed to add employees during the interim between legislative sessions. This has resulted in thousands of employees added to the state budget without legislative scrutiny.
Letter to Texas’ Institutions of Higher Education (101 KB, PDF)