by BEN PHILPOTT
Everything was going so well for higher education during the 2013 legislative session. With less than a week left in the session, House Higher Education Committee Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas, was pleased.
“I would say that, take a look at this budget, and we haven’t completed it yet so I don’t want to be premature, but it looks like we’re going to have a pretty significant investment in higher education,” Branch said during an interview last month.
That investment included authorization of several billion dollars in tuition revenue bonds, or TRBs, which are used by state colleges and universities to help finance construction projects.
“I’m very happy right now,” Branch said. “Again, I don’t want to jinx it. I need to keep acting like I’m unhappy till the end.”
So, two things: He did jinx it, and he’s still unhappy.