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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 am

The Texas A&M University System has selected a company to construct its west campus housing project.

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, a developer specializing in projects for colleges and universities, announced Wednesday that it would finance the $200-plus million project. Balfour Beatty Construction will build it.

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  • elf posted at 12:01 am on Fri, Sep 27, 2013.

    elf Posts: 1594

    Thanks Roy for your excellent research. I too am looking for the Quid-Pro-Quo connection to either Raney or to Perry. I haven't found it yet but I have some leads from a friend in Houston.

  • roy g posted at 8:37 pm on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    roy g Posts: 868

    Ironically, I didn't even bother to read the comments before doing a little checking, sort of like doing the crossword puzzle without looking at the answers. It only took literally a few SECONDS to begin finding the connections:

    "Perry likes to brag ‘Texas is Open for Business’ and here’s what that means to property rights and taxpayers. The second key public private partnership bill, SB 1048, Perry signed into law will mean Katie-Bar-the-Door on selling off virtually everything not nailed down. The bill was written by lobbyist Brett Findley on behalf of another infrastructure firm, British company Balfour Beatty, and it will allow all public buildings, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, ports, mass transit projects, ports, telecommunications, etc. to be sold-off to corporations using P3s. Unlike the 50 year cap on road P3s, SB 1048 gives no limit on the length of time a P3s can last or whether such broad authority expires.

    Two particularly anti-taxpayer provisions in SB 1048 are the fact taxpayers secure the private entity’s debt (2267.061 (f)) and that it authorizes public subsidies for private profits by raiding taxpayers’ money through loans from the State Infrastructure Bank."

    Those favoring P3's pretty much admit the main reason why they're needed:

    "Government has no money to build roads, repair bridges, manage new projects, construct and repair facilities, or purchase new technology. Public officials are short on funding everywhere and there are few options to find capital outside the private sector."

    In other words, they admit that government entities can't affors to do the things they're tasked with doing anymore. I suppose this is one of the biggest consequences of the "taker" mentality of conservative politics - give us the infrastructure we need, but we sure as heck aren't going to pay for it. We're too busy accusing everyone else of being "takers".

    And for anyone interested, here's the text of SB1048:

    So basically, Balfour Beatty wrote the legislation that they themselves will profit from. How long before we find some backdoor route by which BB funneled their "gratitude" to Perry? I'm still looking.

  • obasfirst posted at 5:25 pm on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 658

    average verbal and math scores:

    2006 : 1187
    2007: 1193
    2008: 1195
    2009: 1200
    2010: 1210
    2011: 1207
    2012: 1197

    I'm sure the numbers for 2013 will break that pattern (you know with Texas high schools being one of the best in the nation (only 46 states or so ranked higher)

  • obasfirst posted at 5:01 pm on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 658

    I know it's not your thing, but before throwing assumptions out there you might check the site.

    average SAT scores for freshmen have been going down since 2010. So in 2011 SAT scores were lower than in 2010, in 2012 SAT scores were lower than in 2011. Well, maybe 2013 is completely different right. Apparently you're not among them either.

    Coincidentally, Loftin became president in 2010, just saying.

  • jer2 posted at 1:46 pm on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    jer2 Posts: 314

    Lowered entrance standards? Says who? Maybe there are just a bigger pool of more top 10 percent candidates, you're not amoung them.

  • rj posted at 12:52 pm on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    rj Posts: 168

    The only reason more freshmen are here is because they lowered entrance standards. That's not something this Aggie wants to brag about. Also, the big school isn't here for administrators and their friends to make money for themselves or local businesses like mine. It's here to give an excellent, well-rounded education to students -- not to keep people who seem to love to watch young men grapple with each other while wearing tight pants happy with their lives. This local Aggie business owner is appalled by recent developments.

    I'd say more, but my 30-minute lunch break is ending. But you seem to have all the time in the word, so, by all means, keep on jabbering!

  • obasfirst posted at 12:52 pm on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 658

    Yes, it is working out great with food services. Seems students are not very happy with the new meal plans and such, getting more expensive, less service, quality getting worse (just check the battallion).

    Just get a degree from University of Phoenix, employers are standing inline to hire their graduates. deVry would be another option.

  • Sabio posted at 8:50 am on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1629

    Meanwhile, a record freshman class of nearly 10,000 arrived on campus, and every football game is a sellout. I doubt the retail stores and restaurants are all that worried about it.

  • elf posted at 8:12 am on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    elf Posts: 1594

    Raney authored the bill that allows the BOR to sell campus leases (and even sell campus land). Nobody that I know wanted this. I have come to the conclusion that Raney is not representing the PEOPLE of his district, but rather he is representing moneyed interests (Namely Perry's contractor and realtor friends in Houston).

    Raney needs to be replaced in 2014.

  • Kade posted at 7:48 am on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    Kade Posts: 67

    Yep, A&M is looking at either Google or Microsoft to host a cloud based email system for the entire campus. All other email will go away. After that the plan is to move all servers off campus to a central server farm somewhere else in the state, and fire all the server admins, and losing a lot of technical skill and institutional memory. Meanwhile, we're now having buildings built and run by private companies, only to be turned over to the university when they are starting to fall apart and needing major structural improvements. You can bet these private companies won't have to pay any local taxes on these buildings. It's time for locals to wise up how Perry, his cronies on the BOR and Sharp are destroying the future of this university. Their policies are going to result in fewer and worse paying local jobs that will reverberate throughout the local region. If I owned a retail store in town, or restaurant, I'd be worried.

  • citizen1 posted at 7:27 am on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    citizen1 Posts: 256

    I heard from an TAMU IT person just yesterday that there are plans to privatize email services on campus...

  • Sabio posted at 6:16 am on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1629

    Hey, if we can do this with food services, and dorms, why not faculty? I'll bet we could get U. of Phoenix or one of the other for-profit universities to provide faculty who would LOVE to be at Texas A&M, in stark contrast to the posters here.

    I think I'll recommend to the Chancellor that he look in to that avenue to dislodge and replace disgruntled faculty.

  • Sabio posted at 6:13 am on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1629

    Only took 4 hours for one to chime in!

  • master of disaster posted at 5:56 am on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    master of disaster Posts: 531

    Please bubba. Nobody cares about this. It doesn't affect our work or adds to our workload. We're smart enough to determine whether or not something is going to affect us or not and react accordingly.

    Compared to everything else, this is noise.

    Much like yourself.

  • boarddefender posted at 1:04 am on Thu, Sep 26, 2013.

    boarddefender Posts: 48

    Waiting on the disgruntled faculty types to come here and start commenting. They will look for political connections to the construction firm and pick apart how it's being funded and see if it has ties to Rick Perry. Same ole story from these miserable commentators. Great things are happening at Texas A&M and I hope these trolls take Hwy 6 North or South out of town real soon!