Money for campus construction projects still in limbo

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Higher education institutions across Texas are still no closer to finding out whether they will get money to fund construction on campus this year.

Legislation to appropriate money for these projects failed in the regular session back in May. Although lawmakers can still appropriate money for these projects in the current special session, they can only do so if Gov. Rick Perry adds the items to the agenda.

Perry has not responded to repeated requests from lawmakers to add the items to the agenda, despite claims that not doing so could affect recruitment and retention.

In a press conference Tuesday, Perry did not elaborate on his decision.

“Once we get the transportation issue addressed and finalized, then we can have a conversation about whether or not there are any issues that we have the time and inclination to put on the call,” Perry said, according to The Texas Tribune.

UT-Austin is hoping to receive $95 million from the state to complete its $310 million Cockrell Engineering Education and Research Center. Officials have said the building, scheduled to be completed in 2015, would be delayed without state funds.