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Abbott says constitutional amendment needed

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney Greg Abbott is advising lawmakers that they likely need a constitutional amendment to use $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund for water projects if they want to stay within a constitutional spending cap.

Abbott sent a letter to House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Jim Pitts, advising that without a constitutional amendment, any money pulled from the fund would count against the spending cap.

Lawmakers say they agree the state needs to spend billions on water projects but are divided on how to pay for it.

The Senate plan would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment to use the Rainy Day Fund money. The House has been reluctant to do that.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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