Down to the wire - Legislature puts water, transportation, education funding in question

It’s been an up-and-down 83rd session for the Texas Legislature. It began with harmonious overtures and full coffers, thanks to an improving economy. But the session took an ugly turn last month when a deal to improve water infrastructure was derailed in hopes of legislators holding out for the restoration of education funding. Since then it’s been more Washington-flavored discord and unyielding stances from both sides.

                As this is written on Tuesday morning, the last day to pass bills in the House and Senate for this session, what remains unknown is whether or not a special session will be called this summer to address major issues.

                Water is perhaps the most important issue as Texas faces its future. Carol Batterton, executive director for Water Environment Association of Texas, and a Fredericksburg resident, has been keeping tabs on what will happen with the needed seed money to begin improving the state’s water infrastructure.

                Batterton said while there may be some confusion for voters, three things will have to pass before the end of the session:

• House Bill 4 sets up the revolving fund that will offer loans for water supply projects around the state.

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