The president of the University of Texas isn’t surprised that the state’s public institutions of higher learning have been told to submit budget proposals to lawmakers that do not exceed what they have been appropriated in the current two-year budget.
“We’ve been assuming in all of our budget planning that it’s flat,” UT President Bill Powers said Wednesday during a brief interview after welcoming incoming students to freshman orientation.
He added, “I think investing in K to 12 education and higher education is an investment in the future prosperity of this state.”
Last year, state lawmakers reduced the university’s appropriation for the two-year budget by about 16 percent. Gov. Rick Perry and legislative leaders said this week that continued restraint is needed for the 2014-15 budget because of ongoing economic uncertainty.