The Legislature provided direct appropriations increases totaling $7.1 million, or a 2.6 percent increase. In addition, the Legislature included A&M System agencies in the across-the-board pay raise for state employees. Those agency employees whose gross annual salary is less than $75,000 are eligible for the pay raise. It is estimated that the agencies will receive approximately $9 million in additional funding for the pay raise, making their estimated change from the previous biennium 5.6 percent.
Other increases in funding include:
- The 5 percent mandated reduction in the LARs was fully restored.
- The Legislature provided $5.6 million in new funding for infrastructure needs outside Brazos County for the agriculture-related agencies.
- Texas Transportation Institute received $1.7 million in new funding to establish an international transportation research center in El Paso.
- House Bill 2129 directs a contract to Texas Engineering Experiment Station for $216,000 each year for the Energy System Lab.
- Texas Cooperative Extension and Texas Agricultural Experiment Station received $100,000 each for viticulture programs (in Art. IX).
A&M System Research and Service Agencies
General Revenue Funds, in millions
Senate Bill 1 Appropriations for 2006-07
Compared to 2004-05 Expended/Budgeted Level
|Agencies * ||2006-07 ||Change ||% Change
|Including Pay Raise, est
* Does not include funding for state employee pay raise.
** TTI funding is Fund 006 State Highway Fund.