Public Opinion Creates Rough Sailing for Water Policy

The rough seas that sank the Texas House's attempt to fund the state water plan on Monday night with a $2 billion draw on the Rainy Day Fund highlighted the limits of consensus on both how to pay for water development — and the where those projects rank among other budget priorities.

The differences suggest that lawmakers may well be receiving signals from their constituents that echo what has been evident in the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll for months: Funding the water plan is not as clear a priority for the public as it is for the leadership ...

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