Multibillion-dollar campus construction program in peril

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A $2.7 billion state bond package to finance improvements at state colleges and universities, including a half-dozen institutions in North Texas, appeared all but dead on today’s final day of the legislative session, but senior lawmakers were making a frantic last-minute effort to rescue it.

“It looked like it was dead but it's showing some life,” said State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee. “It's like showing up late with a plug for the Titanic but we're trying.”

Collapse of the tuition revenue bond bond package would erase $350 million for projects at fast-growing North Texas institutions, including the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and the University of Texas at Arlington.

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