October 19, 2009
Of the 11 propositions on this fall's ballot, there's one that may be of keen interest to West Texas.
For Amarillo, Lubbock and most of West Texas, Proposition 4 may be the most important because it would help Texas Tech and six other emerging universities get national research institution status, more commonly known as Tier One or flagship.
So call Proposition 4 the Tier One amendment.
"One of the reasons we only have two publicly funded national research universities (Texas and Texas A&M) is the fact that we have always struggled on who to anoint," said state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, after this year's legislative session ended.