AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A $50 million grant from the state's
Emerging Technology Fund to the Texas A&M University System is
being defended today by Gov. Rick Perry's office.
Republican Rep. Jim Pitts has voiced concern about the grant to
help construct and create the National Center for Therapeutics
Manufacturing, a partnership between the university system and
Pitts is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
He and other lawmakers asked officials from the governor's
office about the work to be done at the center. They also inquired
why money for the January grant was transferred from the state's
general job creation account known as the Texas Enterprise Fund to
the Emerging Tech Fund.
That's an account meant to help innovative businesses take root.
Perry's chief financial officer, Rebeca White, said the
governor's office has the power by law to shift money among those