Richardson Chamber Advocacy
A Message from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce President
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to act as a voice in furthering the legislative goals of our membership. By working with the policy process, we aim to produce pro-business results by holding legislators accountable. Throughout these web pages, you will find more information on our legislative priorities and a plethora of resources to assist you in casting an informed vote. We are open to feedback and hope to continue to serve as the Richardson Advocate for business.
William C. Sproull
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce
Water - Why it Matters
Texans voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 6, an amendment that will appropriate $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to finance locally-controlled water projects through low-interest loans. Thanks to your help, Texas can begin to address urgent concerns about our shrinking water supply.
Several issues about the state’s water supply persuaded 73 percent of Texans to pass this measure. Within the next 50 years, the Texas Water Development Board projects Texas’ population to double and its water supply to decrease by 10 percent. Right now, 88 percent of Texans live in drought conditions. With 1,000 people moving to Texas every day, it is critical to arrange a source of funding for water infrastructure projects to secure job creation, increase economic growth and protect farmers, ranchers and other businesses.
By creating the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT), Proposition 6 has addressed these concerns with money that could be loaned to municipalities, repaid and re-loaned on amenable terms. Both local and large-scale water projects would be supported by this long-term replenishing source, such as conservation, desalination and development of new groundwater supplies. Without implementing the state water plan, future cycles of prolonged drought could have cost Texan businesses and workers up to $116 billion in income and 1.1 million jobs by 2060. In a state which produces roughly 15 percent of beef cattle and 25 percent of the nation's cotton, the availability of resources for clean water is crucial to businesses and the economy. Implementing state water projects will prevent these enormous losses and promote economic growth and development.
For more information on Proposition 6 and its impact, visit these resources:
- Proposition 6 FAQs by the Texas Water Development Board.
- “How Prop 6 passed, and what’s up next for water projects in Texas,” NPR.
- Water Texas PAC’s helpful website.
The 2013 Richardson Chamber Legislative Agenda
The Board has finalized this year's legislative agenda.
Click here for a PDF copy
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