|State Representative Gene Wu gathered in Southwest Houston to Build Support for a Reliable Supply of Clean Water and to Encourage “YES” on Proposition 6 During Early Voting|
[HOUSTON, TX]—Marking the first day of Early Voting, State Representative Gene Wu discussed the need for long-term water supplies for Texas and the importance of voting early. Texas lacks an adequate supply of water to meet growing demands, so a bipartisan coalition of legislators is working to tell people that a “YES” vote on Proposition 6 will fund the State Water Plan and ensure a reliable, long-term supply of clean water for Texas.
“Most Texans are experiencing the severe drought conditions and the water crisis in a personal way, from our growing cities and industries to our farming and ranching communities,” said Representative Wu. “A “YES” vote on Proposition 6 will help us address this crisis and ensure that Texas has an adequate supply of water for the next 50 years.”
Proposition 6 is a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to finance priority water projects that will ensure the availability of adequate water resources well into the future. Beginning on October 21, Texas voters have the opportunity to vote early to approve nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, including Proposition 6. Each proposition was passed by a two thirds majority of the Texas House and Senate earlier this year.
“I am proud to join Speaker Straus and my fellow Legislators as a member of the Water Texas leadership team, and look forward to working hard from now until November 5th to encourage all Texans to vote “YES” on Proposition 6,” said Wu. “Now is the time to act, because water is vital to our state’s future, and “YES” on Proposition 6 will allow Texas to remain a leader in economic development, job growth and wealth creation for generations to come.”
Texas lacks the adequate water supplies needed to meet the state’s needs, and the severe drought of the last several years has made matters worse. More than 1,000 people move to Texas every day, and the population is expected to double by 2060. During that same time, Texas’ water supplies are expected to decrease by 10 percent. Texas does not currently have enough water to meet the growing demands of our population and economy.
Proposition 6 addresses this need by authorizing a one-time use of $2 billion to fully implement the 50-year State Water Plan. It will fund projects such as the construction of new pipelines and provide local control by allowing each region of the state to prioritize its own needs and oversee its own projects.
About Water Texas Water Texas PAC is a bipartisan coalition of legislators working to promote passage of Proposition 6 on the November ballot. We understand that a lack of water impacts all Texans, and the cost of doing nothing is too great for our citizens, economy, and our children and grandchildren. For more information visit our website www.WaterTexas.com, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/watertexas.