Austin—The Texas Legislature has passed House Bill 1, the biennium appropriations bill, and House Bill 100, providing for the authorization and financing of capital projects at institutions of higher education. These two bills now await final approval from Governor Abbott.
Tarleton State University has two major projects included in these bills. $54 million is allocated for a new applied sciences building to be constructed on Tarleton’s main campus in Stephenville. This building project is necessary to help address the growing need for science and engineering training in our State’s economy. $39.6 million is allocated for construction of the first building on the southwest metroplex campus in Tarrant County. Tarleton has experienced rapid growth in this area and this project will provide for a permanent home for Tarleton near the newly constructed Chisholm Trail Parkway.
“These projects are critical to the growth of Tarleton State University,” said State Representative J.D. Sheffield. “I was proud to support these projects throughout the legislative process.”
Sheffield originally filed House Bill 1254 for the Tarleton capital improvements. Ultimately, projects for universities across the state were included in House Bill 100 of which, Sheffield was a co-author.