CAPITOL UPDATE
From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2007
Contact:(512) 463-0124

AUGUST CAPITOL UPDATE

Dear Fellow Texan--

For most students, school starts next Monday. The new school year is always a time for new beginnings - even for those of us who haven't been in school for a few years. I always enjoy this time of year because it reminds me to keep learning and exploring new things and ideas.

One new thing I've been enjoying is my third grandchild - born just two weeks ago. It is an exciting time for Linda and me to watch our children raise their children. Being a grandfather is one of the best "jobs" that I could have.

So with school starting, remember to slow down in school zones and drive safely around schools.

WHAT'S NEW

IN THE DISTRICT

INTERIM ACTION

The Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education met on Tuesday August 14, 2007, to hear testimony on the impact of Governor Perry's veto of $154 million in funds to pay for employee health benefits at the state's community colleges. The committee explored ways to restore the funding cuts that have left community colleges scrambling to find a way to pay for employee health insurance.

Many community colleges across the state are considering different options on how to make up this lost funding. Some colleges might have to charge for free services, like tutoring, or cut back on other free programs, like free instruction and credit for qualifying high school students. Other options discussed are tuition increases or property tax rate increases. Many community college administrators asked the committee to find a way to restore the funding that has already been cut and relieve the pressure on their beleaguered institutions.

CONCLUSION

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance with a state agency or wish to voice an opinion on any matter before the Texas Legislature. I always appreciate hearing from you and I hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Troy Fraser
State Senator
District 24

HOW TO CONTACT SENATOR TROY FRASER
Austin Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0124
FAX: (512) 475-3732
Marble Falls District Office
607 B Highway 281 North
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
(830) 693-9900
FAX: (830) 693-9603
Abilene District Office
500 Chestnut Street, Suite 810
Abilene, Texas 79602
(325) 676-7404
FAX: (325) 676-8060
Belton District Office
1920 North Main Street, Suite 101
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 939-3562
FAX: (254) 939-7611
Email: troy.fraser@senate.state.tx.us

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