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Proposition 6 needs closer look
Just when you think the governor and state legislators are finally showing signs that their focus is on their constituents rather than their financial backers, we are made aware that nothing seems to have really changed.
Proposition 6, referred to as the Texas water project bill, has support from diverse groups. It seems like a no-brainer in a state with water needs that are stretched from an exploding population and suffering from severe droughts.
Yet, a closer look reveals that the primary donors who paid to get this initiative rolling are connected with industries that have little to do with water conversation and lots to do with water waste such as Dow Chemical, the Koch brothers, Exxon Mobil and real estate developers.
Opponents of the proposition ask why we need to draw $2 billion out of the Rainy Day Fund for this when there already exists $6 billion in voter-approved resources as the Texas Water Development Board’s debt limit was raised two years ago. The money has yet to be tapped.
This bill is 250 pages thick, yet only one page mentions water conservation and does so in a way that suggests conservation may take a back seat to increased water use for those who use our vital resource for their enterprises and where there is little will to conserve.
Perhaps Prop. 6 is one that we should kick the can down the road on until we have a more complete look at what all it actually entails.