FISCAL NOTE, 87TH LEGISLATURE 3rd CALLED SESSION 2021
October 16, 2021
Honorable Greg Bonnen, Chair, House Committee on Appropriations
Jerry McGinty, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB52 by Creighton (relating to the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education and the designation of certain appropriated funds allocated to those institutions.), Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB52, Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted : a negative impact of ($304,791,623) through the biennium ending August 31, 2023.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
General Revenue-Related Funds, Five- Year Impact:
Probable Net Positive/(Negative) Impact to General Revenue Related Funds
All Funds, Five-Year Impact:
Probable Savings/(Cost) from GENERAL REVENUE FUND 1
The bill would authorize the issuance of $3.2 billion in tuition revenue bonds for institutions of higher education to finance construction and improvement of infrastructure and related facilities. The bill includes authorizations of $717.4 million for the Texas A&M System, $814.2 million for the University of Texas System, $339.5 million for the University of Houston System, $422.6 million for the Texas State University System, $264.7 million for the University of North Texas System, $100.0 million for Texas Woman's University, $44.9 million for Stephen F. Austin University, $271.8 million for the Texas Tech University System, $95.2 million for Texas Southern University and $153.4 million for the Texas State Technical System.
The bonds would not be general obligations of the State. However, the issued bonds would have fiscal implications for the State. Historically, the Legislature has appropriated General Revenue to reimburse institutions for the tuition used to pay the debt service. Other funds could also be appropriated for this purpose.
The bill amends Education Code by stating that certain funds allocated from the appropriation of general revenue to an institution of higher education to supplement revenue funds of the institution may be designated as "Capital Construction Assistance Projects."
The estimates provided in this fiscal note are based on debt service information that has been previously provided by system offices, institutions of higher education and the Texas Public Finance Authority on other bills dealing with tuition revenue bonds.
Local Government Impact
No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
Source Agencies: b > td >
347 Public Finance Authority, 352 Bond Review Board, 710 Texas A&M Univ System Admin, 717 Texas Southern University, 719 TSTC System Admin, 720 UT Sys Admin, 731 Texas Woman's University, 755 Stephen F. Austin State University, 758 Texas State University System, 768 Texas Tech Univ Sys Admin, 769 UNT System Administration, 781 Higher Education Coordinating Board, 783 Univ of Houston Sys Admin