Texas lawmakers OK $178.4M for merged university construction

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Legislators approved money to construct a new University of Texas System campus in Brownsville and a science building for the Edinburg campus on Tuesday as the merger of the Rio Grande Valley’s two universities progressed.

The funding comes under a bill separate from the main legislation joining UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, state Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, announced in a news release Tuesday. The $100 million for the Brownsville campus and $78.4 million for a science building at UTPA will be funded by tuition revenue bonds.

On Tuesday, the House approved the funding within Senate Bill 16, which goes back to the Senate for approval of the House’s changes to the legislation, the release said.

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