By: Carmon McCain
Texas voters have approved Proposition 6, which provides for creation of the State Water Implementation Fund and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund to help finance priority projects in the State Water Plan.
The final Nov. 5 vote was 836,395 in favor (73.37%) and 303,591 against (26.62%).
In a statement, Governor Rick Perry said “…the people of Texas made history, ensuring that we’ll have the water we need to grow and thrive for the next five decades without raising state taxes. Now, it’s time to get to work on the projects that’ll help us meet our growing water needs, preserving and improving both our economic strength and quality of life.”
Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, offered the following comments:
“It would have been easy to ignore this crisis and allow our State Water Plan to continue collecting dust on a shelf. Instead, a bipartisan group of legislators put forth a responsible plan that the people of Texas have now endorsed,” he said.
Straus also thanked the more than 160 House and Senate members who worked to pass this amendment during the last several months.
He especially thanked House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Allan Ritter of Nederland, who is retiring Dec. 31, 2014. “My special thanks to Chairman Ritter—not only for his leadership in this campaign—but for his tremendous work on this proposal during the legislative session. This vote is a fitting conclusion to his years of service to the people of Texas,” Straus said.