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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick makes brief campaign stop in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick flew into Lubbock Wednesday for a very brief press conference before immediately leaving. 

The campaign stop left only enough time for reporters to ask a couple of questions before leaving without meeting any constituents. 

Patrick's opponent, Democrat Mike Collier, called him out saying his stops across the state are nothing more than a media blitz that do no good for voters.

During his stop Patrick hammered on issues relating to education, including school safety, a point he has pushed since the Santa Fe shooting.

"This summer we had about a hundred more school personnel go through the active shooter training," he said. "That's up about four fold from previous time."

As part of the state's commitment to classroom safety, Gov. Abbott ordered funds to be diverted to help schools institute programs administrators think will keep campuses safe.

"We're leaving it up to the schools, the parents and the school boards to make that decision. It's not one size fits all but whatever they want to do that'll be a priority."

Paying for public schools, Patrick emphasized is already a priority. 

"Our budget at the state legislature, 52 percent of that is education," Patrick said. "So we spend more than half of our money on education. When I see that 60 billion and only 32 percent is going to teachers. We have to look at our priorities, are we spending our money we do have in the right direction at the state and local level and then secondly find funding to increase the salaries."

During last summer's special session Patrick introduced legislation to boost pay. It did not pass.

"We're going to be back to do it again because it's important to retain our teachers and to attract college students to the teaching profession."

On higher education the Lieutenant Governor said he supported the idea of the Texas Tech Vet School but he emphasized Tech will have to foot the bill before the Legislature will.

"First of all you have to find out who the new chancellor is. You have to find out what the regents want to do but, they're going to have to raise those dollars as they said the would."

"We got the ninety million committed," Lubbock Sen. Charles Perry said. "So the facility costs are funded and the needs there and you were supportive. I will say in the senate there was never a question." 

Last month Perry said former Chancellor Robert Duncan's push for that vet school was one of the big reasons for his forced resignation. 

Dr. Tedd Mitchell is serving as interim until the Board of Regents names a new chancellor. He said he expects the system to pursue a vet school vigorously.

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