Infrastructure Constraints Loom as Texas Grows

Touting Texas’ low taxes and light regulations, Gov. Rick Perry has relished trying to poach jobs from other states. In February, he described building a business in California as “next to impossible.” Last month, he warned Illinois entrepreneurs to “get out while there’s still time.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a ready retort: “We don’t have to measure our showers like they do in Texas.”

Emanuel’s jab was well aimed. Texas’ drought and water-supply problems have captured headlines and inspired frank, worried comments from Texas officials. But with the state’s rapid population growth projected to continue ...

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