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Endorsement watch: For the amendments

The Chron stumps for the constitutional amendments on the ballot this year.

It’s an off-year election, but Texas voters still have good reasons to go to the polls Nov. 5. In addition to local races, they’ll be deciding nine proposed constitutional amendments, including an important proposal to pay for water infrastructure by making a withdrawal from the state’s rainy day fund.

Below are summaries of the ballot propositions. The Chronicle endorses all nine.


Proposition 6

This is the most important proposal on the ballot. With the state’s population expected to double in the next 40 years and with groundwater supplies in decline, it establishes two funds to finance water plan projects identified by the Texas Water Development Board as part of a statewide water plan.

The proposal authorizes the transfer of $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to seed a revolving cash flow for making loans for water projects.

Although passage of this amendment is important for every region of the state, including the Houston area, its fate rests in the hands of Houston voters, who are likely to make up at least 30 percent of the electorate.

See here for some detail on the nine proposed amendments. Prop 6 is the big one, and as we saw it seems to be in good shape. I expect them all to pass, though I won’t be terribly surprised if one or two randomly go down. These things just happen sometimes.

UPDATE: BOR recommends a vote against Prop 3.

UPDATE: And Prop 7, too.

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