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Most of the state’s six public universities plan to raise undergraduate tuition next year. Sandy Baum of the Urban Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C., says these small annual increases add up over time, especially when students are taking longer to finish school.
She told Houston Public Media that getting a bachelor’s degree in four years results in the biggest savings.
“I mean, if you think about it, students are taking like five years on average to graduate,” Baum says. “That’s a whole extra year of tuition.”
During the state legislative session earlier this year, some lawmakers tried to pump the brakes on tuition increases. The Texas Senate approved a two-year undergraduate tuition freeze, but it did not pass in the Texas House.
Next year, the University of Houston plans to increase tuition by 2 percent. The Texas A&M University regents are raising tuition at their 11 universities by 3.7 percent. The University of Texas sets tuition costs in February and it is expected to rise about 2 percent.
A Texas driver with a profane anti-Trump bumper sticker on her pickup truck is now threatening a civil rights lawsuit against Fort Bend County. Karen Fonseca is alleging that the Fort Bend sheriff called her out on Facebook for his own political gain. Houston Public Media’s Davis Land has more:
Fonseca has previously been pulled over because of the sticker.
Her attorney, Brian Middleton, says that’s why he thinks Sheriff Troy Nehls already knew who she was before targeting her online, knowing he could arrest her on a felony indictment from earlier this year.
He thinks it’s a ploy to grab political points in an upcoming congressional race.
“My understanding is that he intends to run against Pete Olsen, who is elected by a very conservative district so, we’ll be looking to see if he or his campaign has done any polling on these issues which we think will buttress our argument,” Middleton says.
Nehls said in a written statement it was all the attention to his social media post which alerted him to the warrant for Fonseca’s arrest. He says, originally, he wanted to have a calm discussion with her about the sticker but now says there is no hope that will happen. Fonseca has added a second sticker to her truck using the same profane language towards Sheriff Nehls that she used against President Trump.
People might not be forgetting the Alamo, but they are turning out in droves to a retail site developed by Waco power couple Chip and Joanna Gaines.
They star in HGTV’s show “Fixer Upper,” which begins its fifth and final season Tuesday. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that 1.6 million people are expected to visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos. That’s a couple hundred thousand more than predicted for the Alamo Mission.