BY LINDA CURTIS
The constitutional amendment Proposition 6 is the result of the clever maneuvering of Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, House Speaker Joe Straus and Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, to get better borrowing terms for the governor’s special-interest friends on water projects. These well-heeled corporate interests do not need a government subsidy.
This explains why a prerequisite for getting Prop 6 passed by the Legislature was the “streamlining” of the Texas Water Development Board to three paid appointees by Perry. Democrats bought in to Proposition 6 in a political deal to get education funding.
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Only a few environmental groups, like Save Our Springs Alliance, have had the independence to stand up and urge progressives to vote “no.” Only a few genuine fiscal conservatives in the Legislature like Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, and Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, took great risk to their political careers by standing up to the speaker and challenging this dangerous amendment. The fact is that Prop 6 is all about throwing money — also …Continued here: http://www.indytexans.com/wp-content/uploads/Op-Ed-Prop-6-Statesman.pdf