PRESS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

Date: June 21, 2007
CONTACT: Ryan Sullivan

Uresti: Veto No Threat to A&M Southside Campus

SAN ANTONIO -- State Senator Carlos Uresti assured San Antonians that the future Texas A&M University Southside Campus will not be adversely affected by a recent gubernatorial veto.

"Governor Perry did veto a bill which would have expedited the issuance of the tuition revenue bonds necessary to build the new A&M campus. The bill called for a reduction in the threshold number of students required to issue those bonds from 1,500 students to 1,000 students. The lower threshold was desirable -- and the veto is disappointing -- but it was never counted on by our community or by the A&M University System.

"My office has been in constant communication with the A&M University System regarding this situation throughout the legislative session and into the interim. I remain completely confident that the 1,500 student threshold will be reached in time to certify the enrollment numbers to the Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2009, issue tuition revenue bonds, and begin construction of Phase One of the campus, as planned, for a 2010 opening.

"We have a tremendous need for more higher education opportunities in San Antonio, and South Texas as a whole. The Southside Texas A&M University Campus is a major part of Texas' strategic plans to provide those education opportunities, and a well-educated workforce, well into the 21st century. The A&M campus is on a sure course, and Southsiders can look forward to a top-notch, four year university in our backyard very soon," Uresti commented.

For more information, please contact Ryan Sullivan at 512-463-0119.