proposition 6 http://kut.org en How Prop 6 Passed, and What’s Up Next for Water Projects in Texas http://kut.org/post/how-prop-6-passed-and-what-s-next-water-projects-texas <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Texans passed a&nbsp;constitutional&nbsp;amendment Tuesday to jump-start financing for water projects in the state:&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/11/04/everything-you-need-to-know-about-proposition-6-texas-water-fund/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">Proposition 6</a>, which would take $2 billion in surplus state money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to start a water infrastructure loan program. The measure had widespread support from both sides of the aisle as well as business and environmental groups. With over half of precincts reporting, the measure is passing with&nbsp;<a href="https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/nov05_167_state.htm" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">75 percent of the vote</a>&nbsp;and has been called by the&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Associated Press</em>.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">“I&nbsp;couldn’t be more proud of the members of the legislature who worked in a collaborative way on a very positive agenda for planning for our future water needs,” Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, said at a rally celebrating the amendment’s passage Tuesday evening. “But the people of Texas today validated our good work with an overwhelming vote of support.”&nbsp;Some Libertarian and smaller environmental groups were&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/10/31/meet-the-unlikely-allies-behind-the-push-for-prop-6-texas-water-fund/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">vocally against the measure</a>.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 03:54:47 +0000 Terrence Henry 9104 at http://kut.org How Prop 6 Passed, and What’s Up Next for Water Projects in Texas If Proposition 6 Passes, What Comes Next for Water in Texas? http://kut.org/post/if-proposition-6-passes-what-comes-next-water-texas <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">When voters go to the polls this year, many of them will have only as much information about the constitutional amendments they’re voting on as is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/2013-sample-ballot.pdf" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">provided on the ballot</a>.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:05:37 +0000 Mose Buchele 9090 at http://kut.org If Proposition 6 Passes, What Comes Next for Water in Texas? Three Ways Voter ID Could Affect You This Election Day http://kut.org/post/three-ways-voter-id-could-affect-you-election-day <p class="p1">It’s <a href="http://kut.org/post/election-day-forecast-voter-turnout-id-law-and-thunderstorms" target="_blank">Election Day</a> and, if you didn’t <a href="http://kut.org/post/early-voting-underway-what-voters-need-know-nov-5-election-update" target="_blank">vote early</a>, today is your final chance to cast a ballot on <a href="http://kut.org/post/9-state-propositions-texans-will-vote-next-week" target="_blank">nine proposed state constitutional amendments</a>, along with a few <a href="http://kut.org/post/meet-candidates-hd-50-special-election" target="_blank">local elections</a>.</p><p>This election is also the first one with the state’s new <a href="http://kut.org/post/justice-dept-suing-texas-over-voter-id-law" target="_blank">voter ID</a> law in place.</p><p>For Agenda Texas, KUT's Ben Philpott breaks down what you should expect at the polls this Election Day.<br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/118593143" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:58:59 +0000 Ben Philpott 9088 at http://kut.org Three Ways Voter ID Could Affect You This Election Day Perry Preaches Texas Prosperity in Israel http://kut.org/post/perry-preaches-texas-prosperity-israel <p>Texas Governor Rick Perry is nearing the end of a 10-day <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/19003/">international economic opportunity tour</a>&nbsp;with stops in London and Israel.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perry took the opportunity to highlight the opening of a &nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.tamu.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas A &amp; M University</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Israel and looked to highlight Texas' financial successes, as well as recent resource and energy conservation solutions.</span> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:39:16 +0000 Carrie Powell 9005 at http://kut.org Perry Preaches Texas Prosperity in Israel More than Prayer: How Prop 6 Aims to Improve Water Supplies in Texas http://kut.org/post/more-prayer-how-prop-6-aims-improve-water-supplies-texas <p class="p1">2011 was the&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/drought/"><span class="s1"><b>driest year in Texas’ recorded history</b></span></a>&nbsp;— crops failed, herds were sold off and lakes and reservoirs literally went dry.&nbsp;And in the middle of this catastrophic drought, the state of Texas had one vocal strategy:&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/09/21/the-drought-could-be-ending-thank-god-and-rick-perry/"><span class="s1"><b>Pray for rain</b></span></a>. Texas Governor Rick Perry<a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/16038/"><span class="s1"><b>&nbsp;issued a&nbsp;proclamation</b></span></a>&nbsp;that year asking Texans to pray for rain for three days.</p><p class="p1">Now, a few dry years and<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/03/21/agricultural-losses-from-drought-top-7-billion/"><span class="s1"><b>&nbsp;billions of dollars in drought losses</b></span></a>&nbsp;later, the state government has decided that prayer alone isn’t enough for a thirsty state. And, while Perry admits we can't make it rain, &nbsp;<a href="http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/newsmedia/swift/faq.asp"><span class="s1"><b>Proposition 6</b></span></a>, a state constitutional amendment on the ballot this year, will extend the existing water supply and develop new supplies.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116692458" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:00:02 +0000 Terrence Henry 9000 at http://kut.org More than Prayer: How Prop 6 Aims to Improve Water Supplies in Texas