Posts Tagged ‘Water Amendment’

Funny Things Happen Before Elections, Especially on Prop 6

Funny things happen on the eve of elections. Why should Prop 6 be any different?  Today’s story put out by some media outlets about the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association’s claims is an example of the bad journalism that harms our voting process.  This group says that we have nothing to worry about by diverting $2B from the Rainy Day Fund because Texas is experiencing a virtual “flood” of oil and gas taxes (which supplies the RDF).  Well, that settles that!

KEYE-TV news called us for a comment.  Thank you KEYE-TV.  We pointed out that oil and gas is a cyclical business, so no one has a crystal ball.  Furthermore, we pointed out the obvious, that money doesn’t make it rain.

Texans for Public Justice provided a very helpful analysis today of the big money backing Prop 6.  It is another scam by businesses who are trying to buy this election to control the purse for water projects.  The two largest contributors are Associated General Contractors ($375K) and Dow Chemical ($250K).  Do you think they care about affordability or ensuring independent farming doesn’t completely tank in Texas after they move groundwater or flood agricultural land for wasteful reservoirs?

Friends, the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association is not a taxpayer group.  Here’s who they are.  They are big business and trade associations who make their money off of the growth.  They are hardly a taxpayer group that cares about the average taxpayers – young and old, of all economic persuasions.  We cannot keep footing the bill for businesses that are not paying their fair share for growth and profiting off of our increased un-affordability and poverty.

Most importantly, it is becoming apparent that there is not enough water to sustain the “flood” of the newcomers.  That is why moving groundwater – stealing from Peter to pay Paul – is in vogue right now.  Citizens, taxpayers and all of us being pushed to the economic brink, must unite and build the only hope we have now – the independent political movement!


Independents No on 6! Calls for Full Debate in Bastrop

Independent Texans, a citizen’s political action committee seeking representation for the state’s millions of independent, non-aligned voters, released a white paper that comes out squarely against Constitutional Amendment 6 — the water amendment — on the November ballot.  The first page offers its own alternative ballot language in stark contrast to the ambiguous ballot language voters will see:

Official Ballot Language for Prop 6:  “Creating funds to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan.”

Alternative Language offered by Independent Texans:  “Providing an endowment for an estimated $30 billion of cash subsidies for water borrowers, by diverting an initial $2 billion from the State’s Rainy Day Fund into the State’s already generous water lending program, to offset the cost of up to 526 state water plan projects, which will be prioritized by the Governor-appointed employees on the Texas Water Development Board and financed without constitutional debt limitations.”

The full text of “Stop the Urban v. Rural Water Wars” can be found here: (and attached)

Linda Curtis, founder of Independent Texans, called for a “full and vigorous” debate on Proposition 6 to take place at their state convention being held in Bastrop this Saturday at the Bastrop Convention Center. Curtis said, “This is another David v. Goliath skirmish — literally. Rep. David Simpson, who is no stranger to fighting Goliath (the Speaker of the House, Joe Straus), will speak on the “opposed” side of the debate on Prop 6. Now all we need are some of the proponents.  We’ve asked the Speaker’s Water Texas PAC and H2O4Texas to provide one or more people to take the ‘in favor’ side. We’ll hold a fair and square debate in Bastrop, since most folks attending will not have heard much about this, then take a straw poll.  Media is most welcome to join us in Bastrop, home of the Texas Water Wars.”  See convention agenda here:

The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District was created by the Legislature to protect the water supply of Bastrop and Lee counties as its sole mission. In 2013, the District made a decision to protect the local aquifers, by reducing permit applications for two large-volume users, one of which was an application for 45,000 acre feet per year by real estate titan, Forestar Real Estate Group (an offshoot of Temple Inland). The District reduced Forestar’s permit to 12,000 AFY (one acre foot is equal to 326,000 gallons).  Forestar, and at least one other large-volume user (EndOp LC, owned by former Williamson County Commissioner, Frankie Limmer) whose permit is still pending, are positioning to sue the District in potential landmark cases on groundwater districts’ powers to prevent depletion of Texas aquifers.  State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington) sold or leased his Lee County water rights several years ago.  They are now controlled by Forestar. Kleinschmidt has received over $250,000 from Speaker Straus for his reelection campaigns and, like all state representatives, is up for reelection in November 2014:

Scores of Bastrop and Lee County residents and landowners testimony at recent Lost Pines GCD hearings can be watched here:


Scores of Bastrop and Lee County residents and landowners testimony at recent Lost Pines GCD hearings can be watched here:



Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

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Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

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Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose