After a long dry spell, public universities in North Texas and across the state are expected to get money for new facilities.
Legislators sent a $3 billion bond package for the work to Gov. Greg Abbott for approval. Of that, $550 million is for universities in North Texas.
It’s the first bond package for state universities since 2006. As state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, said, “it’s really needed.”
North Texas lawmakers who helped support the funding deserve praise for their work.
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In Fort Worth, the University of North Texas Health Science Center is to get $80 million to help build an interdisciplinary research building.
The University of Texas at Arlington is expected to receive $70 million to pay part of the cost of a science and education innovation research building.
And construction of Tarleton State University’s planned new campus in southeast Fort Worth will be aided by a $39.6 million allocation.
Millions also were earmarked for UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT Dallas, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.