I am not really a fan of the ETF in general, but every state has something similar, so not having one might put Texas at a disadvantage compared to other states. It is also something that any Texas Governor has access to, and from what I can tell there was really no actual problem in this case other than a flux in Texas Speaker at the time it was done and the fact that Rick went to Texas A&M. The entire "firestorm" erupted from Representative Pitts, who might actually be using this to take one final shot at former Speaker Tom Craddick. I also heard from a media source who covers news at the Capitol that some of the Pitts posse tried unsuccessfully to drag Rick's son into the story... a big foul in my book.
Giroir said drugs are often manufactured in large numbers at facilities that make only one product. They are also usually made outside Texas — the state ranks near the top in biomedical research funding but about 30th in commercialization, or turning discoveries into medicines for public consumption.
The idea behind the Texas A&M System center is for a number of drugs to be manufactured quickly, sometimes in small doses, to serve multiple biotech companies in the state, even small ones.[SNIP]
The center itself — aside from the process of how it was funded — has received little criticism.
Said Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, "I hope we don't throw out what appears to be a really good idea."
While I don't really like the idea of economic development funds, I do think investments in higher education are worthwhile. We talk about needing more top tier research institutions in Texas... this is the kind of thing that can solidify a school on the cusp like Texas A&M as a solid Tier 1 level school.
I also don't see this being a big issue in the Rick vs. Kay race, but let me know if you think I am wrong. This story seems like one of those tree falling in the forest with nobody around to hear it kinds of controversies. It may be a big deal within the forest, but the villagers will never even know about it unless Kay's team spends millions of dollars to tell people about it (which seems like a terrible waste of resources). Even then, don't Aggies rally together when under fire? I could see a bunch of those wacky farmers thinking Kay was attacking funding for their school.