Early voting for the November 5 elections started Monday and the so-called Texas state "Watercrats" are hoping uninformed citizens will hand them a blank $2 billion check so they can pursue their own lucrative special interest water-related projects.
Heather Fazio, who serves both as Executive Director at Texans for Accountable Government and Membership Coordinator for the Libertarian Party of Texas alerted Dallas Libertarian Examiner to what's transpiring in Austin at the Texas Water Development Board.
Essentially, Proposition 6 will divert $2 billion from the Texas Rainy Day Fund into what's being called a "slush fund" consisting of a "grab bag" of 526 different water projects statewide.
The Water Board will then get to choose which projects get the money.
Opponents contend there is a strong incentive for board members to fund only those projects in which they have vested interests, typically meaning where their own power, money and egos are involved.
The Nix Prop 6 Facebook page asks whether most of the funds will go for un-sexy and non-moneymaking conservation projects or for wasteful and massively expensive developments – "real estate interests just love that lake front property" – and for moving groundwater to "growth corridors" which would harm rural land and landowners and drain aquifers.
Two of those "massively expensive developments" located in "growth corridors" that real estate interests love so much are right here in North Texas and they're already considered boondoggles by many area residents.
The massive Trinity River Vision scheme will double the size of downtown Ft. Worth by creating a whole new "Uptown" (or "Panther Island") from eminent domain land grabs by politically connected developers while only tangentially claiming to be a "flood control" project.
Dallas has its own grandiose Trinity River Corridor Project which their own website calls "one of the most monumental public works and economic development projects ever attempted" under the guise of "flood protection."
It seems likely to most observers that the $2 billion, if the watercrats get their hands on it, will be used as bait to hook even more tax money from even more tax sources into projects in which planning, developing and construction cronies grow rich while the rest of the population grows thirsty.
Politicians, bureaucrats and developers never like to have their hands tied.
Moral: Tie their hands.
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