While rain slicked the streets of Austin, lawmakers heatedly debated legislation that would use $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to fund the state water plan, an increasingly urgent issue for lawmakers. But, after hours of stop-and-go debate, a procedural error derailed the legislation.
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Amid worsening drought, the House overwhelmingly approved a plan to seed the state water plan with $2 billion today.
Support for funding the $53 billion water plan appeared to be unanimous. Everyone pledged fealty to water conservation. The question now, as Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) suggested this morning, is *how* the financing is structured. Will the consensus hold, or will interests fracture along regional and economic lines?
There is a risk that funding the $53 billion Texas water plan could create a slush-fund for giant, unnecessary infrastructure projects. Lawmakers should prioritize conservation.