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Blinn joins community leaders in advocating for local concerns at the State Capitol

Topics include energy and natural resources, economic development, education, healthcare, regulations and taxes, and transportation

February 10, 2017

Senior Blinn College officials joined the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce and local leaders at the State Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, speaking to approximately 30 state legislators about key topics concerning Brazos County citizens.

The day’s activities were coordinated by the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce and designed to summarize the important legislative goals and areas of concern to the Bryan/College Station community.

“Blinn College was proud to play its part in the Chamber of Commerce’s proactive and successful efforts to inform Texas legislators of the issues most important to the Bryan and College Station communities,” said Dr. Mary Hensley, Blinn District President/CEO.

Local leaders spoke to legislators regarding energy and natural resources, economic development, higher and public education, healthcare, regulations and taxes, and transportation.

In regards to higher education, the delegation supported Texas A&M’s legislative priorities, which include:

  • eliminating any proposed cuts to budgets,
  • maintaining current formula funding rates (base funding) to cover statewide enrollment growth,
  • maintaining current rates for the Texas Research University Fund,
  • and promoting veterinary medicine partnerships.

The delegation also supported Blinn’s legislative priorities, which include:

  • increasing funding to meet the education needs of Texas students at an affordable rate,
  • increasing funding for community college workforce training,
  • increasing state funding to offset the rising expenses associated with the Hazlewood exemptions,
  • and maintaining existing funding for the Star of the Republic Museum.

Increased state support would help Blinn and other Texas community colleges meet expanded demand for their services. Texas community colleges have seen an enrollment increase of more than 70 percent since 2000, and 78 percent of students who earn a bachelor’s degree from a Texas university have community college credit on their transcript.

For more information regarding Blinn and its role in the current legislative session, visit: www.blinn.edu/gov_public/legislative_matters.html.