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TXWIN Urges Voters to Water Infrastructure Funding by Supporting Proposition 6

by: Perry L. Fowler, TXWIN Executive Director
AUSTIN, TX — Leading up to the 2023 88th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, drought and high-profile water infrastructure failures placed water infrastructure and supply issues front and center in policy discussions. Key legislative priorities of legislative leadership and Governor Abbott all included water in addition to items such as securing the electric grid, addressing property tax relief, and the provision of broadband to connect Texas.

Texas voters will have an opportunity to address many of these issues when they go to the polls on November 7, 2023, where there will be 13 Constitutional amendments on the ballot covering a range of issues with potential to impact the everyday life of Texans including propositions to invest in the state’s water, electrical, and broadband infrastructure.

The Texas Water Infrastructure Network (TXWIN) along with the states’ leading water associations and a coalition of over 60 organizations from statewide business and agricultural organizations to the oil and gas, construction, engineering industry all supported passage of SB 28 & SJR 75 by Senator Charles Perry (R- Lubbock) and Representative Tracy King (D-Uvalde). This legislation creates and authorizes the new Water for Texas Fund, which will unleash $1 billion already appropriated by the Legislature for new and existing financial assistance programs at the Texas Water Development Board.

Proposition 6 will assist in providing affordable solutions to enhance water supplies and water infrastructure across the state. With voter approval, Proposition 6 will dedicate and constitutionally protect $1 billion (already appropriated by lawmakers) to assist in developing a targeted goal of 7 million acre-feet in new water supplies by 2033. Prop 6 will also provide essential technical assistance to communities to access funding and assess water infrastructure needs while directing the majority of funding to address aging water infrastructure across the state.

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