UT Austin President Bill Powers joined more than a hundred college leaders in Washington Thursday to find ways to make higher education more accessible.

In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we heard President Barack Obama’s motivation for convening the summit, plus former University of Texas at Austin President Larry Faulkner talked about efforts to curb rising tuition costs.

CAMPAIGN SCRAMBLE

The lieutenant governor’s race is almost a three-way tie — at least when it comes to fundraising. Democratic strategist Harold Cook and Republican strategist Rob Johnson joined us to talk about who is ahead and who should start worrying.

INCENTIVE FUND’S FUTURE

Will the state’s economic incentive funds survive after Gov. Rick Perry leaves office? Austin Business Journal Editor Colin Pope joined us to consider that question in light of one fund’s mixed success rate.