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Gov. Perry Adds Tuition Revenue Boards, Judicial Pay Raise to Call

Austin, TX –

Gov. Rick Perry today opened the special legislative session to include legislation that funds tuition revenue bonds and judicial pay raises.

"Today I am asking legislators to fund tuition revenue bonds during this special session in order to improve educational opportunities at colleges and universities across Texas," Perry said. "This is vital unfinished business from the last session, and we need to finish our work on behalf of more than one million college students in Texas."

Perry's specific message allows legislators to consider legislation relating to the authorization, issuance and funding of tuition revenue bonds, and legislation relating to an increase in the compensation of judges, including salary and retirement benefits.

"Last night the Texas Senate showed real leadership in passing a property tax reduction that brings us closer to a school finance agreement," Perry said. "The Senate and House versions of the bills are very close, and now more than ever I encourage Texans to weigh in and let their legislators know Texans expect them to get the job done."

"Even though school finance is the most important issue confronting this legislature, we have unfinished business from the last session in other areas, and time is running short," Perry added. "We need to fund vital projects at our institutions of higher education and keep experienced judges on the bench with a pay increase."