I'll continue this on.....
I am an American, a Texan, and a voter in the 30th Texas House District. I deserve the right to know. For the within past ten years, this town Victoria have witness corruption of leadership in the V.I.S.D, City Council, Law Enforcement, and even in the District Attorney’s office . Therefore my questions about the relationship between State Rep. Geanie Morrison and that of Texas A&M and Texas Tech is warrant and it should not be cast off as being without merit.
I look up sites such www.Followthemoney.org and other independent research sites. For me I see a pattern. In Spring 2003 HB3015 (which our State Rep. wrote) passed and sign into law by Rick Perry. Correct me if I am wrong, Mr. Semenza, but didn’t the Victoria A&M club give Mrs. Morrison an award because HB3015 benefited Texas A&M with UT and Texas Tech, while punishing other universities? Along with that, Texas A&M started to fund the Morrison campaign in 2004, 2006, and 2010. And for what? When there is no opposition from the weaken and sacred Democrats. What about the so called “rumor” about the unmarked $100k expenditure asked by B.S. Spotter?
Realities should dictate the investment. Just because we had 300 students in fall 2010 in Victoria does not mean that the growth is going to be exponential. The growth will taper off since students will graduate and needs to be replaced. Do not count Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch in this equation and remove online students. Online students and Cinco and Sugar Land students are not going to travel to Victoria. They can go to UHD or UHCL or UH main campus. The new campus and the liabilities assumed with it needs to be repaid. So only count on the face to face classes in Victoria. If taxpayer money is spent and the projected revenues from Victoria does not come through, what happens? Citizens of Victoria, Beware!! If VC and UHV could not develop into a destination university in its 37 years, do not blame UH system. Accept that there is no demand for it. Why would anyone be in Victoria under A&M when they can go to Corpus Christi, a better and more vibrant town and study? Don't try to be fooled by false promises.
It would be great if taxpayers heard from A&M what their vision would be for the university instead of throwing so many punches at the UH System. We have heard they do not support Victoria so maybe we should hear more specific examples of non-support and what A&M would do to change that. Always good to get two sides of a story.
Writein: Public officials' campaign finance reports are viewable by all. You can view Rep. Morrison's most recent campaign contributions and expenses by visiting: http://188.8.131.52/public/477651.pdf
If you would like to visit the homepage for her campaign contributions and expenses, you can go here: http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/php/fil...
I reviewed Rep. Morrison's most recent report, a 47-page filing. A few highlights from the most recent reporting period, from July 1 to Dec. 31:
The Friends of the University of Houston Political Action Committee donated: $3,000.00.
Texas A&M Political Action Committee donated: $500.
You can infer from that what you will. For now, we have no plans to report the story you mention because the merits do not seem to warrant it. If you find something different, please feel free to let us know.
-- Gabe Semenza
A switch without disruption? Nobody can guarantee that and folks from Victoria involved with this proposed change know that. There are differences within the higher education systems and there are many of us who know that. And...why would one university want to keep the faculty/staff from a previous university? That is just not true. There will be changes there too if this happens. Mr. Semeza certainly does not have all the answers. And these individuals will be out looking for new jobs elsewhere.
Great points one and all!!
BlueArmadillo,If you are in a position to 'collectively' contribute in order to increase the "cultural and social values" then I am happy for you. That, however is not the case with the majority of the citizens. This community has had a Community college and a University for some time ... where, is our "economic windfall" that you speak of? There comes a time when "the good intentions" of our leaders must be questioned. My position is that continued 'collective' funding of these "good intentions" is not a rational or logical action.
We have looked for continued government action to solve our problems in the past and it has not achieved the desired results. When something does achieve the desired results, it seems logical to do something else.
If that is an "anti-gubmint/taxation lens" then so be it. There is absolutely nothing new in this 'University-town' proposal ... except for the scale of the project.
BlueArmadillo you have good points, but just look around and list just what is here to make this a college town that embraces the students? Lets see, they can go to the mall, the show, a club if they are 21, they can go bowling OR they can go to the mall, the show a club if they are 21, they can go bowling OR they can go to the mall, the show - you get the idea here, there is nothing for these students to do to entice them to stay the weekends here and spend money, I bet they get out of town as soon as the last class of the week is over rather than stay here and be bored.
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The bill later notes its intention is to switch systems "without disrupting the students, faculty, staff or programs of the university."
So Texas A&M will come in and say ok, all we are doing is changng the name everything else will stay the same - no changes? I find that hard to believe.
The key: "UHV tuition is among the lowest in the state and would most likely remain so due to its particular budgetary realities"
This is THE reason for the enrollment increase seen at UHV. If a new campus is built on the 'airport land' ...1. How will it affect 'the budgetary realities' and thus tuition rates of what ever university is located there?2. Will local taxpayers have any liability for the building or ongoing maintenance of this new campus?3. Will the taxpayers have any liability (perhaps via Victoria College) for the old campus located on Red River?
Mr. Semenza, I hope your series will answer these questions.
How come none of you look into State Rep Morrison camp funds from Texas A&M? Gabe, please be honest.
Good question, Jack. We are tackling that one in Friday's paper. -- Gabe