Multibillion-dollar campus construction program perishes at end of legislative session in Texas

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A $2.7 billion state bond package that would have financed expansion projects at more than a half dozen universities in North Texas died on the final day of the legislative session despite frantic last-minute effort to save it.

“We couldn’t rescue it,” said State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, sponsor of the state’s first tuition revenue bond package in seven years. “We tried.”

Zaffirini said she will try to resurrect the proposal in a special session that Gov. Rick Perry called immediately after the 83rd Legislature adjourned its biennial 140-day regular session on Monday.

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