Texas Legislators Drumming Up Support for Proposition 6

It may seem like government officials cannot agree on anything these days, but the Texas Speaker of the House said most lawmakers, Republican and Democrat alike, are backing Proposition 6.

It's a state amendment that voters will decide on in the Nov. 5 elections. The measure calls for $2 billion to be moved from the state's rainy-day fund and over to a new 50-year state water plan.

That plan calls for funding water projects in cities across the state that don't have the money to bring in new sources of water.

Texas Speaker of the House Joe Strauss was at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center for a news conference Thursday, where he was trying to drum up support among voters for the measure. He said most lawmakers have already signed off on the deal.

"I think 160 of the 181 members of the House and Senate are signed up to enthusiastically support this proposition, so that's a pretty good indicator, I think, of how strong the support is for this," Strauss said.

Of course, the City of Corpus Christi is getting set to build the Mary Rhodes Water Pipeline. It has also secured funding for a pilot desalination project, which could lead to a full-blown plant being built here.


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