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Summary: HB 2689 would require the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) to study and evaluate the merits of using a funding formula for health related institutions that differs from the funding formula used for general academic teaching institutions. LBB must report any recommendation for legislative or administrative action, including changes necessary to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the use of appropriated money to fund health profession education in Texas.
Analysis: We have no qualms with studying whether current funding formulas for education make the most efficient and effective use of appropriated funds. While this study may be a good idea, we are neutral on HB 2689 because this research will require work from LBB employees, creating a cost to taxpayers that will have to fund this research, even if the cost does not have significant impact on Texas.