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GHP BOARD OF DIRECTORS ADOPTS RESOLUTIONS ON DR. TERRY GRIER AND HISD AND THREE STATEWIDE PROPOSITIONS

GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION FUNDING ALSO ADDRESSED

HOUSTON – The Greater Houston Partnership’s (GHP) Board of Directors met today to consider and pass several resolutions important to the Houston business community and GHP’s ten county region.Resolutions on the federal funding of Graduate Medical Education (GME), the accomplishments of Dr. Terry Grier as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the Texas Water Development Bonds Amendment (Proposition 2 on the November 8, 2011 general election ballot), renewing state bond authority to finance low-interest student loans (Proposition 3 on the November 8 general election ballot) and the distribution of the Permanent School Fund to the Available School Fund (Proposition 6 on the November 8, 2011 general election ballot) were among the resolutions passed by the Board.

GHP’s Board of Directors passed a resolution by unanimous consent that recognizes Dr. Terry Grier for his innovative and effective leadership in the two years since assuming the responsibility of HISD.

GHP’s resolution supports many ongoing initiatives enacted by Dr. Grier at HISD such as the Apollo 20 program, continued use of a rigorous K-12 curriculum that integrates college and workforce needs and well defined dual credit programs, expanding access to college-level advanced placement courses, strengthening literacy programs in K-12, and offering online courses. The resolution supports long-term investment in public education to prepare career and college-ready graduates who will have an impact on the economic development and well-being of our region.

By unanimous consent, GHP’s Board of Directors passed a resolution supporting the continued federal funding for Graduate Medical Education – one of the final steps to becoming a doctor. Texas’ booming population requires the state to meet a demand for more physicians, additional medical schools and medical students and providing for limited tort liability of physicians. Funding for GME may be cut by the newly formed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction which would have significant impacts on meeting the future demands for physicians and medical care.

GHP urges the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to save GME from cuts. GHP also encourages its Members and the Houston region to support three statewide propositions that are on the ballot on election day Tuesday, November 8. The Texas Water Development Bonds Amendment, Proposition 2, authorizes the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to issue additional general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $6 billion.

The bond proceeds will be used to make loans to political subdivisions in Texas for a variety of water, wastewater and flood control projects. GHP’s Board of Directors believes Proposition 2 will be beneficial to the Houston region’s business community in the future. GHP’s Board passed a resolution in support of renewing state bond authority to finance low-interest student loans, Proposition 3.

The proposition would amend the constitution to authorize the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to issue and sell general obligation bonds on a continuing basis for the purpose of financing educational loans for students subject to certain restrictions. GHP recognizes that it is critical for Texas to continue its support of tuition flexibility and increased state funding for public higher education institutions, including funding for grants and scholarships.

By unanimous consent, GHP’s Board adopted a resolution in support of Proposition 6, which offers flexibility and availability of the funds that can be directed to public schools given the approximate $4 billion cut for public education funding during the current biennium. If approved, Proposition 6 would result in a potential $300 million per year in incremental funding for public schools through the distribution of revenue from the permanent school fund to the available school fund.

At GHP’s last Board of Directors meeting in August, a resolution supporting Proposition 8, the Texas Water-Stewardship Tax Amendment, was approved. For more information on the resolutions passed by GHP’s Board of Directors or an interview with Jeff Moseley, President and CEO, GHP or Larry Kellner, Chairman,

GHP’s Board of Directors, please contact Micah Hirschfield, Vice President, Communications, at (713) 844-3642.

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The Greater Houston Partnership is the primary advocate of Houston’s business community and is dedicated to building regional economic prosperity. It represents 10 counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto and Waller. With more than 2,100 Member organizations, GHP represents approximately one-fifth of the region’s work force.

Visit GHP at houston.org.

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