Texas Allocates $5 Million for New Mexico Water Lawsuit

Suing neighbors over water can be expensive.

A paragraph deep in the Texas budget shows that the state has allocated $5 million in fiscal year 2014 for its legal battle to extricate more river water from New Mexico. Texas has already hired a California lawyer to represent it against New Mexico in the case, which the U.S. Supreme Court could decide to hear.

Legal experts said the $5 million figure appears commensurate with the challenges presented by the case, which is called Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado. (Colorado is part of a 1938 water compact between the three ...

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